- Who can receive services at CCS?
- How many sessions does it usually take?
- How long is the wait?
- Do you have walk-in hours?
- How private is my information?
- What if I can't wait to talk to someone?
- Where can I park?
- What happens if I stop my medication?
- Will my psychiatric medication interact with other medications I'm taking?
- Will my psychiatric medication interfere with my birth control?
- Will I need to take this medication for the rest of my life?
CCS services are available to OSU students enrolled on a part-time or full-time basis or those who are covered by OSU Comprehensive Student Health Insurance.
On average, most students resolve their concerns between five and six sessions. Sessions are generally 45 minutes in length.
At times, because of demand for CCS services or student limited availability to make an appointment, there may be a wait for counselor assignment. We realize that it is often difficult for students to seek out counseling services, and having to wait can be frustrating. Please know that we make every effort to accommodate as many students as we can with a minimal wait. When there is a wait for services we will provide you with other counseling resources on and off campus.
We do not have walk-in hours. If you feel you need to be seen immediately, try to call our office ahead of time. We do have hours set aside for urgent situations. If you do walk-in, you may be asked to wait until someone becomes available to speak with you.
The information you provide to us is kept in our office. We comply with HIPAA guidelines [The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule]. You are asked to read these guidelines prior to your first session. The information you provide on paper and during your sessions is not shared with any other office or agency unless you have signed a "Release of Information" form allowing your information to be shared with an outside agency or individual.
If you call to speak to a clinician and do not feel as if you can wait to be seen, the front desk will have a clinician call you back as soon as possible.
Where can I park?
There are metered parking spaces along the street in front of the Younkin Success Center at 1640 Neil Avenue. However, the meters are limited to 1 hour in length, so it may be wise to consider other modes of transportation such as bus, bike, or walking. Several bus stops are located within one block of the Younkin Success Center. Students taking the free Campus Area Bus System (CABS) can ride the red line, Campus Loop North (CLN) or Campus Loop South (CLS), to stop at Neil and 10th or Hamilton Hall. Students taking the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) can ride the number 2 bus and stop at Chittenden or 11th Ave on High St. and walk west on 11th until you reach Neil Ave. Or take the number 7 and stop at 12th and Cancer Clinic and walk south on Neil Ave.
Certain medications can have adverse effects if you stop them abruptly. Possible symptoms may include: dizziness, nausea, headaches, sweating, and insomnia. These symptoms can usually be avoided if you work with your doctor to discontinue the medications appropriately. Also, stopping your medication could lead to reemergence of your previous symptoms.
Drug interactions can occur with any medication, so always let the psychiatrist know of any medication or herbal/nutritional supplements you are taking.
Certain psychiatric medications may interfere with the effectiveness of you birth control so it is important to discuss this with your doctor. Also, some medications may be harmful to the fetus if you are, or become, pregnant. It is important, if you are thinking of becoming pregnant, to discuss this with your doctor as well.
The need to continue psychiatric medications is determined on a person-to-person basis. It is based on several different factors such as the type of illness, severity of illness, family history, and any previous episodes. You will meet with your psychiatrist regularly to evaluate how the medication is helping you and to address any concerns you may have.