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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder. In 2020, 1,356 people were diagnosed with an anxiety disorder in Delaware. While not everyone with an anxiety disorder had OCD, many of them did. We solve unmet needs at SUN Behavioral Health Delaware by providing OCD treatment. Our no-cost care assessment allows individuals seeking treatment to meet with a representative to discuss their treatment plan before starting treatment.

What We Treat: OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) refers to a long-term disorder where someone experiences recurring uncontrollable thoughts known as obsessions. They may also participate in repetitive behaviors known as compulsions. This disorder results in the people who have it to experience significant interference in their daily lives. However, remember that with proper treatment, symptoms will improve. 


OCD is different from OCPD (obsessive-compulsive personality disorder). When it comes to OCPD, a personality disorder, the person might experience preoccupation with organization, control, and perfectionism. They have beliefs and specific ways of doing tasks that do not allow flexibility. On the other hand, OCD is an anxiety disorder that has unwanted thoughts that cause someone to perform repetitive behaviors. You will need a thorough assessment by a medical professional to determine the best care plan for your needs. 

How We Treat OCD at SUN Behavioral Health Delaware

The treatment for OCD typically involves a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and medications such as antidepressants. At SUN Behavioral Health Delaware, our mental health services offer OCD treatment at the inpatient and outpatient levels. 

Inpatient at SUN Behavioral Health Delaware

At the inpatient level, we provide mental health inpatient to adults and adolescents. Our inpatient treatment's average length of stay is 7 to 14 days. 

Outpatient at SUN Behavioral Health Delaware

At the outpatient level, we offer mental health partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient (IOP) for adults Monday through Friday. At this time, adolescents can only receive mental health PHP. 

OCD Causes

A combination of genetics, environment, and brain chemistry may cause OCD. 


OCD Symptoms

Obsessions and compulsions make up OCD. Symptoms of obsessions are repeated urges or thoughts that create anxiety and may include:

  • Fear of germs
  • Aggressive thoughts toward yourself
  • Needing things to line up in a particular way
  • Fear of misplacing something

Compulsions, on the other hand, are behaviors that people with OCD feel they need to do to reduce anxiety or stop obsessions. These behaviors may include:

  • Repeatedly checking on things like the oven or door’s lock
  • Compulsively counting
  • Arranging things in a particular way
  • Excessive cleaning


OCD Risk Factors

The most common risk factors for someone to develop OCD are family history, childhood trauma, and brain functioning. 

Diagnosing OCD

A healthcare provider can diagnose someone with OCD. They will perform a physical exam and an OCD test, or they may refer you to another physician or mental health specialist for further assessment. While not everyone with compulsions or obsessions has OCD, a medical professional will diagnose you with OCD based on the following conditions:

  • Not being able to control thoughts and behaviors
  • You spend at least 1 hour a day on these thoughts and behaviors
  • You don’t receive pleasure from completing these behaviors, or relief is brief
  • These thoughts and behaviors have impacted your daily life

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I treat OCD myself?

There are different treatments for ADHD depending on the unique situation of the individual. Adult outpatient behavioral services include two vital programs: a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (IOP). There are also outpatient programs tailored for children with ADHD. Sometimes, but not always, medication is included in a treatment plan for ADHD. Typical medications include the brand names Adderall®, Ritalin®, Vyvanse®, and Concerta®, all forms of dexmethylphenidate, dextroamphetamine, lisdexamfetamine, or methylphenidate.

What causes OCD to flare up?

This depends on the individual’s unique situation. In some cases, they may require outpatient or inpatient services. Medication may also be given to those who need it.

Get Help for OCD Treatment at SUN Behavioral Delaware Today!

SUN Behavioral Health Delaware solves unmet needs in Georgetown, DE. Co-occurring disorders can sometimes occur alongside OCD, and we can treat them together, which can help make it easier to manage OCD symptoms in the future. For more information, do not hesitate to call 302-604-5600.  


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