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 and wellness programs in Florida
Asking for help to take care of your mental health is one of the bravest things you can do for yourself.
We want to be there for you in that moment — and in all the moments that follow. That's why we offer inpatient, outpatient and telehealth behavioral care, with specific programs for adolescents, adults and seniors, at HCA Florida Healthcare’s hospitals throughout the state. It's also why we provide you with advanced treatment options, such as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), as well as connections to community resources and support groups.
Mental health conditions we treat
We treat most mental health conditions and emergencies, but some we commonly treat include:
- Acute psychological disorders
- Adjustment problems
- Anxiety disorder
- Bipolar disorder ("manic depression")
- Chemical dependency
- Communication concerns
- Co-occurring disorders (dual-diagnosis)
- Family conflict
- Life stress
- Panic disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship difficulties
- Schizoaffective disorder
- Thoughts of self-injury or suicide
Our mental health programs and services
We personalize treatments in our programs so you can be successful in meeting your mental health goals. They are designed around you and your needs by experts and specialists dedicated to your wellbeing. Our programs bring your family and support system in to your care as well, so you can learn how to face things together.
Causes of mental illness
Mental health conditions and diseases are impacted by many different factors, some of them not in your control. Some factors that put you at higher risk of developing a mental health issue include:
- Alcohol or drug use
- Brain injury or toxic exposure
- Family history of mental illness
- Traumatic experiences
Symptoms of behavioral health issues
Some mental health conditions have clear symptoms, but many do not. It's important to have open, honest discussions with your loved ones if you are concerned about their wellbeing. Some things to watch out for include:
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Consistent feelings of sadness
- Disruption in daily activities or socializing
- Major or sudden personality changes, such as anger, anxiety or hopelessness
- Extreme changes in eating habits, sleep patterns or energy levels
- Hallucinations or paranoia
- Inability to adjust or recover from loss or life changes (such as the death of a loved one, financial issues or a terminal medical diagnosis)
- Withdrawal from family, friends or hobbies
Diagnosing mental health conditions
The truth is that you don't always know for sure why you feel badly or emotionally strained. You just know that you do, in fact, feel it. That's where we come in—providing mental health assessments that help determine what care you may need.
Additionally, on admission to our inpatient programs, you'll receive a complete medical assessment as well as psychiatric and psychological evaluations.
Together, we'll figure out what to do to help you recover and thrive.
Our mental health care programs
We provide a wide range of services to help you heal, including:
- Assistance with discharge planning, including aftercare and financial considerations as well as post-discharge wellness checks
- Case management
- Crisis stabilization
- Daily sessions with your psychiatrist
- Dietary consultation
- Education for patients and families
- Emergency mental health care at our psychiatric emergency rooms (ERs) and designated Baker Act facilities
- Family interventions and therapies
- Group activities (such as music, dance, reminiscence and yoga) and therapies
- Individual therapy
- Loss management and relapse prevention
- Medication management
- Occupational therapy
- Postpartum support
- Psychiatric assessment and treatment
- Recreational therapies, such as art and music therapy
- Tele‑behavioral services
Inpatient behavioral health programs
Inpatient mental health care involves you being admitted to the hospital, so you'll stay with us during the day and overnight. Our hospitals and facilities include safe environments with comfortable patient rooms and special amenities to help you heal.
Depending on your needs and which facility you choose, you may be admitted to units with slightly different names. For example, you may stay in an acute inpatient care unit, general inpatient unit or simply an inpatient care unit.
In each case, you'll be able to participate in one of our holistic inpatient programs. During that time, you can take advantage of whatever individual, group or other counseling services and therapies you need.
Outpatient behavioral health programs
Outpatient mental health programs offer you behavioral support and care from clinical experts but do not require you to be admitted to the hospital. So you will participate in certain groups and therapy sessions during set times of the day but spend the night at home.
Some of our outpatient programs include:
- Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
- Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
Often, these programs are used as a step down from inpatient care or a step up from more routine outpatient care.
This advanced treatment method is a safe, effective option for many who have severe mental health conditions and symptoms. It is particularly valuable as a treatment for depression but is also highly useful as a treatment for mania or other mental illnesses.
We encourage you to talk to your doctor about ECT if you think you may benefit from it.
Substance abuse and addiction programs
Substance abuse and addiction to drugs or chemicals, including alcohol, are serious medical conditions with strong and complex connections to your mental health. Treating one requires treating the other. That's why our behavioral health services include substance abuse and medical detoxification programs.
These programs are designed to help you start and maintain a life of sobriety. They are staffed with compassionate, expert team members and will give you the tools and resources you need to truly recover.
Senior mental health programs
Although we offer care for all ages, we also have specifically designed mental health programs for seniors. We provide this service because we know and understand this population's very special mental and physical needs and concerns.
Our dedicated geriatric specialists and their teams will treat your loved ones as their own family. They will always give them the extra care and attention they deserve.
Behavioral health support resources
Many of our mental health and wellness centers and hospitals also host support groups for well-known outside organizations such as:
- Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
- Codependency Anonymous (CODA)
- Narcotics Anonymous (NARANON)
- National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
We also provide you with referrals to community and program resources. We offer these as ways for you to get the care that is right for you, when and where you need it.
Behavioral health specialists
Typically, in our programs you may work with psychiatrists and psychologists as well as:
- Activity and recreation therapists
- Behavioral health technicians
- Case managers
- Certified nursing assistants
- Clinical social workers
- Discharge planners
- Marriage and family therapists
- Mental health counselors
- Mental health technicians
- Music therapists
- Recreational therapists
- Registered nurses
- Rehabilitation therapists
One of the things that sets our programs apart is the wide range of specialists involved in your care. This is because we know that behavioral health is so closely related to your overall health. It impacts and is impacted by your sleep patterns, eating habits and even heart health. So, in addition to working with the team members listed above, we will connect you to any other specialists you need in our network.
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