Mental Health Disorders

Mental Health Disorder Treatment in Ohio at White Light Behavioral Health

Struggling with mental health disorders can often feel like an uphill battle, especially if you are trying to do it yourself. Seeking out a treatment facility that makes you feel at home and supports you with a compassionate approach is the only way to succeed in your mental health disorder treatment journey. Understanding your mental health disorder and the treatment options available are the best ways to ensure that the course of treatment is successful in your specific scenario. White Light Behavioral Health understands this and approaches mental health disorder treatment through evidence-based practices, including:

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Trauma-Focused; Gender Specific Therapy
  • EDMR
  • Recreational and Fitness Therapy Activities
  • Nutritional Education

Determining the right course of treatment for your mental health disorder begins with understanding the disorder itself. White Light Behavioral Health can help you understand your disorder and begin living your life on the right path – instead of the struggle of the uphill climb.

Types of Mental Disorders Treated at White Light Behavioral Health

Mental health disorders do not discriminate, and treatment is not always a “one-size-fits-all” solution. To understand what treatment will work best, we start by getting to know you and how your disorder affects your daily life, goals, and future. The most common mental health disorders treated at our facilities include PTSD, anxiety, depression, acute stress, panic disorder, and OCD.


Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. These traumatic events may include natural disasters, serious accidents, terrorist acts, war or combat, rape, or experiencing another type of life-threatening like death, sexual violence, or serious injury. Someone who experiences PTSD may have intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings related to the traumatic experience that last long after the event. Often, these individuals experience flashbacks or nightmares and have intense bouts of sadness, fear, anger, or detachment from those who care about them.

Symptoms of PTSD

Someone who has PTSD may experience the following:

  • Intrusive thoughts
  • Avoidance of situations and people who remind them of the event
  • Altered cognition and mood states
  • Altered arousal and reactivity

PTSD may also accompany other related disorders, including acute stress disorder, adjustment disorder, disinhibited social engagement disorder, and reactive attachment disorder.

Acute Stress Disorder

Acute stress disorder often occurs within one month of experiencing a traumatic event, which is why it is commonly a co-occurring disorder of PTSD. The events that cause acute stress disorder are similar to PTSD, and the symptoms are almost identical. Someone may have a higher risk of experiencing acute stress disorder if an individual has the following:

  • Experienced, witnessed, or been confronted with a traumatic event in the past
  • A history of acute stress disorder or PTSD
  • A history of other mental health disorders
  • A history of dissociative symptoms during traumatic events

In most cases, acute stress disorder is a temporary disorder that lasts a few days to a month – however, there is an increased risk of developing PTSD.


Most people experience a small amount of anxiety in everyday situations, but when an anxiety disorder is present, the symptoms of anxiety are so intense that it disrupts daily life. Anxiety disorders are classified by intense, excessive, and persistent feelings of worry and fear about everyday situations. These intense symptoms often happen within minutes and can result in panic attacks. The most common anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, phobias, and separation anxiety. Often, individuals who experience intense anxiety may be diagnosed with more than one disorder.

Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders

The most common symptoms of an anxiety disorder include the following:

  • Feelings of nervousness, restlessness, or being tense
  • Feeling a sense of impending danger, panic, or doom
  • Increased heart rate
  • Hyperventilation
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Trouble sleeping
  • GI problems
  • Difficulty controlling worry
  • The urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety

Treatment for anxiety is often dependent on the symptoms the individual is experiencing. White Light Behavioral Therapy focuses on the anxiety symptoms felt by our clients to determine the best course of treatment for anxiety disorder.

Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder characterized by sudden fear and panic attacks. Someone with a panic disorder has feelings of anxiety, stress, and panic regularly at any time – for no apparent reason. The panic attacks experienced with panic disorder are a sudden wave of fear or discomfort and may be accompanied by a sense of losing control – it is a misconception that someone who suffers from a panic attack will develop panic disorder. Most panic disorders begin in the late teen years and continue into early adulthood. Most people who experience panic disorder experience the same symptoms experienced with anxiety disorders.


Depression, also called major depressive disorder, affects how an individual feels, the way they think, and how they act. Depression is a treatable condition that causes feelings of sadness or a total loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyable. If not treated, depression can create various emotional and physical problems that decrease the ability to function at work and at home. To receive a depression diagnosis, symptoms must be present for at least two weeks and represent a significant change in your previous level of functioning. Since other medical conditions can mimic depression – medical providers often rule out other general medical issues before making a depression diagnosis.

Symptoms of Depression

Most depression symptoms can range from mild to severe and include the following:

  • Feeling sad or in a depressed mood
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in doing activities that were once enjoyed
  • Changes in appetite
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Loss of energy or intense fatigue
  • Increase in purposeless physical activity or slowed movements or speech
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Difficulty thinking or concentrating
  • Difficulties making decisions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Depression can affect anyone – at any time. Several factors can play a role in depression, which include biochemistry, genetics, personality, and an individual’s environment.


Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental disorder where individuals experience unwanted thoughts, ideas, or obsessions. They often feel like they must do something repetitive to eliminate these feelings. These repetitive behaviors (hand washing, cleaning, checking on things, counting, etc.) often interfere with a person’s daily life and social interactions. Someone suffering from OCD may also suffer from other disorders, including body dysmorphic disorder, trichotillomania (hair pulling), excoriation (skin picking), or other obsessive/compulsive disorders.

Obsessive and Compulsive Symptoms of OCD

OCD is a compilation of both obsessive and compulsive symptoms, which can include the following:

Obsessive symptoms:

  • Fear of contamination by dirt or other germs
  • Doubting or having difficulty tolerating uncertainty
  • Needing things in order or with symmetry
  • Aggressive or horrific thoughts about losing control and harming yourself or others
  • Unwanted thoughts about aggression, sexual, or religious subjects

Compulsive symptoms:

  • Washing and cleaning
  • Checking
  • Counting
  • Orderliness
  • Following a strict routine
  • Demanding reassurance

For those who suffer from OCD, the smallest disruption in the obsession or compulsion relief can create severe anxiety.

Start Your Mental Health Treatment Today

Your first step toward recovery starts with an assessment. Our team of professionals will ask about your physical and mental health – plus any symptoms you’re currently experiencing. You can schedule a no-obligation assessment by calling us at (614) 350-4038 anytime during business hours, day or night. We also accept walk-in appointments. Following your assessment, we’ll work closely with you to create an individualized treatment plan tailored just for you.

Reviewed By:

Dr. Ryan Wakim, M.D.

Dr. Wakim is a board-certified psychiatrist with a passion for and expertise in addiction, mood disorders, trauma-related disorders and the subspecialty of interventional psychiatry. He obtained his medical degree from West Virginia University where he also completed his residency training, finishing as chief resident. Dr. Wakim co-founded and served as the CEO of Transformations leading to a successful merger with Shore Capital in May 2021. He is purpose driven towards improving the standard of and removing stigma related to behavioral healthcare. Dr. Wakim enjoys golf, traveling and time spent with his two dogs, Lulu and Rayna.

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