While most psychiatric symptoms can be managed on an outpatient basis, sometimes brief hospitalization may be necessary to quickly address severe symptoms that need immediate intervention in a managed environment. The focus of inpatient care is to stabilize the patient’s symptoms, improve emotional well-being and restore functional abilities that are needed to care for oneself day to day. In such cases, patients at UT Southwestern Medical Center receive an intensive, individualized program that combines psychotherapy and medication within the safety of our inpatient units.
We offer inpatient psychiatric treatment at the following locations:
- Inpatient treatment for children and teens at Children's Health
- Inpatient treatment for adults at Zale Lipshy University Hospital
Our mental health professionals are prepared for the most challenging conditions. They have access to the latest scientific findings and treatments for a broad spectrum of psychiatric conditions that may require inpatient care. By applying evidence-based treatment approaches, a more favorable long term outcome is achieved for our patients and their families.
Upon admission, our psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses and social workers use a team approach for crisis stabilization. Patients are cared for in an accessible, controlled, and peaceful environment. The team works with each patient to create an individualized treatment program that may include:
- Family consultation
- Comprehensive evaluation
- Group therapy
- Medication management
- Individual psychotherapy
- Inititation of specialty treatment plans that includes state of the art approaches such as Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), Ketamine Infusion Therapy, Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) that are administered on an outpatient basis
- An after-care program to which patients may be referred for continued management when they leave the hospital
Consult/Liaison (C/L) Psychiatry Service
Another facet of inpatient care is consult liaison psychiatry. These professionals provide psychological and psychiatric care to patients being treated for medical or surgical conditions such as stroke, heart attack, burn injury, head injury or obstetric/delivery difficulties. Consult liaison psychiatrists and psychologists are often called upon by the hospital team to address psychological and psychiatric issues that may impact successful recovery. Medication management, bedside psychotherapy, and behavioral medicine interventions are frequently utilized by the C/L team to enhance physical and emotional wellbeing of the patients. They also educate hospital staff about the mental health issues that affect patients under their medical care.