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We all experience a range of emotional ups and downs in response to changes in our lives. However, if your thoughts, feelings or behaviors are causing problems in your relationships or at home, work or school, you may be experiencing the symptoms of a mental or behavioral health condition.

You may want to seek help at Ohio State for one of these common conditions:

Addiction to Drugs Compulsively seeking and using drugs

Drug addiction is a dependence on a medication or an illegal drug. If you're addicted, you may have an intense craving for the drug or you may not be able to control your drug use despite its negative or dangerous effects. Tolerance to a drug, when you need a higher dose to get the same effect, is usually part of addiction.

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Alcoholism Overuse, misuse of alcohol

For most adults, moderate alcohol use is probably not harmful. However, physical dependence on alcohol is a disease that has many serious consequences.

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Anxiety Panic, obsession/compulsion, post-traumatic stress, phobias

We all feel anxious from time to time. Mild, brief anxiety can be caused by a stressful event or situation. However, an anxiety disorder can cause disabling fear and uncertainty. An anxiety disorder can last for several months and may get worse if not treated. It can cause problems in relationships or at work or school. Determining if you have anxiety is the job of an expert.

Learn more about the symptoms of these anxiety disorders to determine if you need help:

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Impulsiveness, hyperactivity, difficulty paying attention

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, also called ADHD, is the most common behavior disorder in children and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Symptoms can include inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity.

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Autism Spectrum Problems communicating and interacting socially

Autism is a disorder that affects how a person behaves, interacts with others, communicates and learns. The hallmark of autism is impaired social interaction. People with autism sometimes are said "to be in their own world." Symptoms of autism may appear by 12 months of age and affect a person throughout his or her life.

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Eating Disorders Abnormal eating behaviors

Eating and food habits vary greatly. However, eating disorders are serious mental and behavioral health problems that can be life threatening. People with eating disorders have abnormal eating behaviors, such as severe overeating or not eating enough food to stay healthy. These behaviors involve extreme concern about body shape and weight.

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Mood Disorders Includes depression and bipolar disorders

A mood disorder can affect a person's everyday emotional state and interfere with relationships or at work or school. Mood disorders differ by type.

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Personality Disorders Inconsistent or unusual thoughts and reactions

A personality disorder may result in problems relating to others and performing daily life tasks. Personality disorders often share a common trait of inflexible and unhealthy thought patterns and behaviors. Personality disorders differ by type.

  • Paranoid – suspicious and emotionally detached
  • Schizoid – lacking emotion or interest in others
  • Schizotypal – peculiar behavior or beliefs
  • Antisocial – disregard for rules, laws or others' rights
  • Borderline – unstable, risky behavior
  • Histrionic – emotional, attention-seeking
  • Narcissistic – exaggerated focus on self
  • Avoidant – feeling inadequate, isolated
  • Dependent – unhealthy reliance on others
  • Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder – rigid control, extreme perfectionism (this differs from obsessive-compulsive anxiety disorder)

Schizophrenia Severe, chronic, disabling brain disturbances

People with schizophrenia struggle to stay in touch with reality. They may hear voices or see things that aren't there. They may believe others are reading or controlling their mind. Schizophrenia is a lifelong brain disorder.

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Women's Behavioral Health Issues related to sexual function and childbearing

Women may experience unique mental and behavioral health challenges related to sexual function, menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth or postpartum.

Ohio State's Women's Behavioral Health offers help with family planning after a pregnancy or infant loss, when receiving assisted reproduction services or when the mother is being treated for a mental or behavioral condition. In addition, care related to cancer survivorship and to difficulties following sexual abuse is offered.

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  • Postpartum depression – Depression prevention and treatment options related to the birth of your child
  • Menopause – Coping with the mental, behavioral and physical changes adult women undergo


Call a friend, relative or 911 immediately if you feel like you will harm yourself or someone else.

Get Help

If your situation is not a crisis but you feel that you need help, call OSU Harding Behavioral Health at 614-293-9600 to schedule an appointment.