For most behavioral health patients, determining the best treatment option starts with meeting with your primary care doctor. Together, you’ll talk about your symptoms and form a care plan to get you back on the path to wellness.
Once you and your doctor determine your care plan, one or more of the following treatment options will likely be recommended, based on your specific needs.
After meeting with your doctor, he or she may determine that medication, such as an anti-depressant, may be the most effective treatment for you. Your doctor may write a prescription during your appointment, or he or she may refer you to a psychiatrist to have a consultation first. Prescriptions can be filled at your local pharmacy.
Counseling and Group Therapy
During your first meeting with your primary care doctor, he or she may recommend that you meet with a mental health professional to get a more specialized level of care. Your behavioral health specialist can help you choose a care plan that includes one-on-one counseling or group sessions.
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Outpatient Day Treatment
If you have a more extreme case of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, or other behavioral health disorder, you may be encouraged to participate in a day treatment program. This is an intensive program that involves all-day, every day treatment and therapy over a specific period of time.
Treatment is tailored to your condition. For example, if you’re suffering from addiction issues, you’ll work with AODA (Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse) therapists trained in dealing with substance abuse. You’ll learn what triggers your addiction, and how you can develop different habits to change and overcome your dependency on drugs or alcohol.
This type of treatment involves a short-term stay at the hospital, and is often recommended for patients having suicidal thoughts. It provides a safe environment to make sure any prescribed medications are working effectively, along with a supportive care staff who will encourage patients to participate in any group therapy or activities that are offered.
In addition to our treatment options, ThedaCare Behavioral Health also conducts assessments and administers psychological tests to help make certain diagnoses. These are especially helpful to confirm a diagnosis, or to identify learning disorders or other mental health conditions, particularly in children and adolescents.