Inpatient Psychiatric Care

By: Emory Brain Health Center
Date: May 25, 2017

Finding compassionate inpatient psychiatric care for mental and behavioral health conditions is every bit as important as finding a health provider for your physical health. Yet, because there’s a stigma surrounding mental health conditions, we often neglect ourselves the care we deserve.

Even if you’ve never experienced symptoms personally, chances are you know someone who has. One in five adults in our country has dealt with mental illness, and one in 25 experiences a serious mental condition at some point in their life. These serious mental conditions sometimes require temporary hospitalization.

At Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods, we provide empathetic inpatient psychiatric care for mental and behavioral health conditions.

When is Inpatient Psychiatric Care Needed?

Inpatient psychiatric care may be needed if you or a loved one have:

  • Acute behavioral disorder, such as paranoia, delusions, hallucinations or schizophrenia
  • Co-occurring conditions, such as substance abuse
  • Mental illness that has temporarily worsened
  • Suicidal thoughts or the potential to harm others

A safe and supportive environment is essential. One where you or your loved one can be closely monitored. During the stay, a specially trained care team will work with you and your family to stabilize the condition and put you on the path to recovery. A care plan may include:

  • Addiction counseling
  • Family education
  • Group counseling
  • Help with life and coping skills
  • Medication Management
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychiatric evaluation

If you’re a caregiver or family member, your support is critical to your loved one’s recovery. You will be considered a part of the care team and encouraged to participate in all aspects of their treatment.

If you’ve had to make the decision to hospitalize your loved one involuntarily, we know it wasn’t easy. But remember it’s actually more caring than it seems — inpatient psychiatric care may be the only way your loved one can get the care they need, especially if there is risk of suicide or harm to others.

What Happens After You’re Discharged?

After receiving short-term inpatient care, you can step down to outpatient treatment. We offer many outpatient behavioral health programs depending on your needs, including a Transitional Care Clinic. In this nurse-driven program, we will follow your recovery for 30 days. The program’s goal is to ensure you’re receiving the proper aftercare treatment and to prevent another hospitalization.

Take the Next Step

If you believe you or a loved one may need inpatient psychiatric care, please call us at 404-728-6222. Our licensed behavioral health evaluators are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Learn more about Inpatient Psychiatric Care at Emory.

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