What Is Behavioral Health?
We’re all concerned about our physical health, so we go to the doctor, we exercise, and we try to eat right. But what about our mental health? Sometimes we need to be reminded that psychological issues are just as important as physical ones.
When you feel sad or a little blue, it’s usually a temporary thing. However, if you are consistently out of sorts, it may be time to get screened for depression or other behavioral issues. Here are some symptoms related to mental illness:
- Excessive worry or fear
- Prolonged confusion
- Consistent feelings of sadness
- Extreme changes in eating habits
- Abuse of alcohol or drugs
- Withdrawal from family, friends, or hobbies
- Hallucinations or loss of reality
- Thoughts of suicide
- Outbursts of anger or violence
- Physical issues such as dizziness, fatigue, and rapid heartbeat
What causes mental illness? It can be the result of a number of factors, many of which are out of your control:
- Family history: If you have a close relative with mental issues, you are at higher risk, since certain characteristics can be inherited.
- Traumatic experience: You may be at increased risk if you have been involved with war or other violence. The same is true if you were physically or sexually abused as a child.
- Biological issues: If you have suffered a brain injury or if you were exposed to viruses or toxins while you were in your mother’s womb, your mental functions can be affected.
- Stressful situations: If you are going through a divorce, grieving a death, or suffering financial problems, these concerns can lead to psychological issues.
- Drug abuse: Using drugs can alter the way your brain functions, which affects mental health.
If left untreated, mental illness can lead to a number of problems including isolation, difficult relationships, violence, substance abuse, heart disease, and suicide. So if you suspect an issue with yourself or someone you know, consult a doctor right way. Some situations can be solved with talk therapy and medication, while more severe problemssuch as schizophrenia or bipolar disorderwill require hospitalization or medication.
Our Access Team provide free assessments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is an opportunity to explore any behavioral health or substance abuse issues that may be troubling you or a loved one. Based on the information that you share during the assessment, our trained professional staff will make a recommendation for treatment to meet your needs.
The Access Team responds to psychiatric emergencies at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institutes Emergency Department making a Behavioral Health Assessment available in our Emergency Room. During your visit you will also receive a medical exam to determine if you need medical attention. Your visit will start your road to recovery.
Whether you come to the hospital or call us on our crisis phone lines, you will speak to a behavioral health professional who can help. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call (772) 466-1500 or toll free (800) 433-2673 for immediate crisis assistance.
Located in a free-standing building approximately 3 blocks from the main campus, our 24 bed Inpatient Adult unit offers a comprehensive, short term stay, psychiatric services. This is a safe, supportive, therapeutic environment where your psychiatric needs are assessed. Your treatment is provided through a wide range of interventions that include crisis stabilization, daily sessions with your Psychiatrist, individual and group therapy sessions, family therapy sessions, education courses, and medication management. Your Treatment is tailored to focus on your individual needs which will assist you towards restoring your mental health and sense of well being.
If you are suffering with chemical dependency issues we provide a Dual Diagnosis Tract which is a specialized program for the treatment of substance abuse. You will receive a safe and comfortable detoxification that is supervised by your physicians and start your recovery process. Your Social Worker and addictions counsellor will provide you with all the resources you will need to continue the work you started during your hospitalization. Your commitment to treatment is a brave and powerful first step to a life of recovery.
Health Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) provides a more intensive level of care than traditional outpatient treatment. IOP offers the support needed to make important changes, take back your life and be at your best. Each treatment day, patients attend three hours of group psychotherapy. Individual and family sessions are also provided as needed. Problems addressed in IOP include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, and co-occurring substance use. Therapy groups help patients explore priorities, set goals, express emotions and practice interpersonal skills.
Our experienced staff are there every step of the way while the patient focuses on building relationships, doing things they used to enjoy and appreciating life again. Various therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Seeking Safety, and Cognitive Processing Therapy, are used to target the needs of individual patients. IOP may be a step down following an inpatient hospitalization. IOP is also appropriate for patients at risk for hospitalization or who need more than standard outpatient care.
All patients must have a primary psychiatric diagnosis. People who are in IOP must be able to function safely within their community and have the potential to benefit from the treatment provided.
To learn more about the IOP or to request admission, please call (772) 467-3572.
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Treasure Coast Behavioral Healthcare Adult Unit
1860 North Lawnwood Cir
Ft. Pierce, FL 34950