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Mental health and wellness

Mental health is just as important as physical health. It includes your emotional, psychological and social well-being. With the right diagnosis and treatments, you can get what you need to live as healthy and happy a life as possible.

Mental health doctors in Sarasota, Florida

When you have behavioral health conditions or concerns, it's important to get the most effective care and treatment options tailored to your needs.

That's the type of care we offer throughout Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch and Venice, Florida. In our inpatient and outpatient behavioral health programs at HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital, adults and seniors can receive the safe, effective and compassionate care they deserve.

To get help now, the first thing to do is to reach out. From there, we can help you determine the best next step.

Conditions we treat

We provide medical and mental health services with a full range of treatment options. We specialize in treating people who are facing a variety of mental health issues, including:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Mood disorders
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Thoughts of self-injury or suicide
  • Thought disorders
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Grief
  • Life stress or trauma
  • Relationship difficulties

Our mental health services

We provide inpatient behavioral health services, including:

Senior mental health inpatient treatment

We are the only inpatient, voluntary, acute care behavioral health program in the Sarasota area dedicated to seniors. It serves people who are 50 years old and older who need acute mental health treatment in a safe, compassionate and tranquil environment.

This 16-room center is in a dedicated wing of the hospital to ensure confidentiality and privacy.

Our treatment programs are customized for each person and include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Educational groups
  • Loss management and relapse prevention
  • Group activities (such as music, dance, reminiscence and yoga)

Outpatient treatment

Outpatient programs at HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital include:

Partial hospitalization program (PHP)

In this program, you participate six hours a day, five days a week, with an emphasis on mental health and coping. The groups focus on a variety of subjects designed to aid you in understanding and managing your symptoms in a more effective manner. You will receive ongoing monitoring and treatment from a psychiatrist, registered nurse and licensed therapist. Lunch is provided during the program.

Intensive outpatient program (IOP)

In this outpatient program, you will be provided with a safe, therapeutic environment while working with a team that will encourage and promote your recovery. This program helps as an initial point of care, a step up from routine outpatient services or a step down from an inpatient stay or residential care.

Group therapy is offered and focuses on coping skills, assertiveness skills, goal setting and co-occurring disorders. You will receive four hours of treatment per day, for three days a week, and you will be seen by a psychiatrist.

Comprehensive electroconvulsive therapy ECT

In addition to the traditional treatments we provide, we offer ECT for people who are not responsive to other forms of therapy or medication.

How ECT works

ECT is a behavioral health treatment option for severe symptoms of mental illness. It was once referred to as "electroshock therapy" since it involves the application of a small electrical stimulus to the scalp. This causes the brain to release chemicals that can reduce the severity and frequency of symptoms.

Candidates for ECT treatment

Our psychiatrists may recommend this medical treatment for you if you are:

  • Chronically depressed
  • Chronically suicidal
  • Experiencing severe mania or schizophrenia and have been partially responsive or nonresponsive to medications and counseling
  • In need of a rapid response treatment
  • Medication resistant
  • Resistant to depression treatment
  • Severely and chronically psychotic, including conditions such as catatonia
  • Suffering from bipolar disorder
Benefits of ECT

ECT can help you start recovering faster and have a higher success rate than when using medication, such as antidepressants, alone. Some benefits of ECT include:

  • Fewer side effects than many medications
  • Majority of patients with depression respond favorably
  • Results are often immediate
Length of ECT treatment sessions

To achieve the best outcomes, ECT involves a series of treatments. They are typically completed three times a week, averaging between six to 12 total treatments.

The number of treatments can vary according to the individual and customized treatment plan.

Contacting our mental health and wellness center

Behavioral Health Center
HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors' Hospital
5731 Bee Ridge Rd
Sarasota, FL 34233

For assistance or to learn more, please call (941) 342-4461.

When to seek help

You may benefit from our services above or you may need to seek help if you or someone you love has:

  • Disruptions in daily activities with an inability to socialize or perform daily tasks
  • Hallucinations or paranoia
  • Inability to adjust or recover from loss (such as the death of a loved one, financial issues or a terminal medical diagnosis)
  • Major changes in personality, including feeling angry or anxious


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Our Mental health and wellness Locations

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Sarasota Doctors Hospital
5731 Bee Ridge Rd
Sarasota, FL 34233
 (941) 342 - 1100

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Sarasota Doctors Hospital
5731 Bee Ridge Rd
Sarasota, FL 34233
 (941) 342 - 1100
Transitions at Sarasota Doctors Hospital
5741 Bee Ridge Rd
Suite 230
Sarasota, FL 34233
 (941) 342 - 8028

0.1 miles

Transitions Outpatient Care
2025 Indian Rocks Rd
Largo, FL 33774
 (727) 588 - 5261

47.0 miles