A thorough evaluation by a mental health professional is the first step toward diagnosing psychiatric problems. Our evaluation consists of an in-depth interview with you, and often with those to you. Special medical evaluations, laboratory tests or X-ray studies may be performed to further clarify your diagnosis, and so our psychiatrists are able to formulate a personalized treatment plan.
In most instances, treatments are offered on an outpatient basis and often consist mainly of psychotherapy, psychiatric medications or a combination of those methods. If necessary, patients may be admitted to a partial hospitalization program or to a full inpatient unit for more intensive treatment. SLUCare psychiatrists:
- Individual therapy - Supportive counseling, insight-oriented psychotherapy, interpersonal psychotherapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy are available. Through your increased understanding of your situation and past and present experiences, you will gain mastery over your emotions and behavior.
- Group and family therapy - This may be the primary treatment for certain people, or can be offered in addition to individual therapy. Including your partner or family in your therapy can be a powerful tool, while group therapy can offer mutual insights and support.
- Psychiatric medications - These can be extremely effective in controlling the major symptoms of a host of mental disorders and may be the mainstay of treatment in many situations. In other instances, these medications can enable and facilitate your therapy or other treatment.
- Electroconvulsive therapy - ECT can be administered, with your consent, during the course of hospitalization or on an outpatient basis. These treatments are performed in the hospital with anesthesia.
For more information, or to make an appointment for psychiatric services through SLUCare, call (314) 977-4850 or (314) 977-4440.