Crisis Text line Text PA to 741741 VC Crisis Ctr 610-280-3270
Information for this section obtained from Mentalhealthamerica.net
Inpatient Care Inpatient Acute Care* Intended for people who need 24-hour care and daily doctor visits in a hospital setting to stabilize psychiatric issues. Often recommended for people who aren’t able to care for themselves, or may be a risk to the safety and well-being of themselves or others. Can last for a few days to several weeks . Goal is to stabilize a crisis . Includes group therapy and meeting with a team of professionals, including a psychiatrist. A family session is important prior to discharge to discuss aftercare plans
Partial Hospitalization : Intense structured program ,typically consists of 5-7 days per week for 6 hours each day. Similar to IOP, includes group, individual, and family therapy when appropriate. Often includes an evaluation by a psychiatrist, who may prescribe or adjust medications . Often recommended for those who have actively participated in lower levels of care, yet continue to experience serious emotional and behavioral problems. Beneficial for those at risk of hospitalization, or as a step-down for those who have been hospitalized Inpatient Care
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): Structured treatment that teaches how to manage stress, and better cope with emotional and behavioral issues. May include group, individual, and family therapy when appropriate. Consists of frequent visits (usually 3-5 days per week) and an average of 3-4 hours of treatment per day for a set period of time (often 4-6 weeks, depending on the program) . Many programs are structured so individuals may work and continue with normal daily routines. The advantage of this type of program is that people have the support of the program, along with other people working on similar issues
Individual counseling – includes counseling sessions with a therapist.
Medication evaluation and management - includes visits with a psychiatrist or nurse practitioner to determine if medication would be helpful
Group therapy – includes weekly group sessions with other people with mental health issues. In group therapy, people often learn from one another’s experiences.
The above inforamtion obtained from Cigna Healthcare
PANDAS is short for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections. A child may be diagnosed with PANDAS when:
The symptoms are usually dramatic, happen “overnight and out of the blue,” and can include motor or vocal tics or both and obsessions, compulsions, or both. In addition to these symptoms, children may become moody or irritable, experience anxiety attacks, or show concerns about separating from parents or loved ones.
Occasional anxiety is an expected part of life. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision. But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The symptoms can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships.
There are several types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and various phobia-related disorders.
Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks.
There is a commonly held misconception that eating disorders are a lifestyle choice. Eating disorders are actually serious and often fatal illnesses that are associated with severe disturbances in people’s eating behaviors and related thoughts and emotions. Preoccupation with food, body weight, and shape may also signal an eating disorder. Common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.
Bipolar disorder (formerly called manic-depressive illness or manic depression) is a mental disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, concentration, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.
There are three types of bipolar disorder. All three types involve clear changes in mood, energy, and activity levels. These moods range from periods of extremely “up,” elated, irritable, or energized behavior (known as manic episodes) to very “down,” sad, indifferent, or hopeless periods (known as depressive episodes). Less severe manic periods are known as hypomanic episodes.
Are you extremely afraid of being judged by others?
Are you very self-conscious in everyday social situations?
Do you avoid meeting new people?
If you have been feeling this way for at least six months and these feelings make it hard for you to do everyday tasks—such as talking to people at work or school—you may have a social anxiety disorder.
Social anxiety disorder (also called social phobia) is a mental health condition. It is an intense, persistent fear of being watched and judged by others. This fear can affect work, school, and your other day-to-day activities. It can even make it hard to make and keep friends. But social anxiety disorder doesn’t have to stop you from reaching your potential. Treatment can help you overcome your symptoms.
-NOT ALL EMERGENCY ROOMS HAVE A PSYCHIATRIST ON STAFF:
Bryn Mawr Hospital: has inpatient psychiatric unit with physicians in house for Emergency consults if necessary. Use video chat as well to assess patient
Brandywine Hospital: No
Chester County Hospital: No, there is a psychiatrist on call and sees patients in ER via video chat when deemed necessary
Paoli Hospital: No (learned that the hard way)
Lankenau Hospital: No
-Very few therapists and/or psychiatrists accept insurance. They will provide receipt for you to submit. CHECK WITH YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY AND GET YOUR COVERAGE INFORMATION AND LIST OF IN NETWORK PROVIDERS.
-Not all therapists are created equal, it is very important to look into their areas of expertise, find the right personality fit, and check their availability.
- It may take several attempts until you find the therapist that is the right fit
-There are many different types of therapy; in-patient , "partial inpatient" (out-patient extended day program), weekly sessions, bi weekly, support groups, etc.
DID YOU KNOW?...…….
- In PA, most children under age 19 with serious emotional & behavioral concerns will qualify for services covered by Medical Assistance, regardless of family income.
- There is a medical test that you can get that determines which medications are better suited to your genetic makeup. It is a simple cheek swab that is sent away and analyzed. You get a complete report listing drugs by classification showing which will have potential for more side effects and which will be more therapeutic. Many out there , I just know of Genecept Assay.
Call your insurance company and KNOW YOUR COVERAGE, ask for a list of IN NETWORK PROVIDERS...now the process of submitting for reimbursement for out of network providers and what the insurance company needs for documentation (ICD-10 codes, etc)
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