Adult Psychiatric Unit
Adults can suffer from a wide variety of emotional disorders. These disorders may present at different levels of severity. Common disorders that affect adults include anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia, among others.
For many adults, mental health problems are severely disabling issues that impact every area of life. Symptoms may include:
- Persistent feelings of sadness
- Suicidal behavior and/or thoughts
- Severe mood swings
- Severe agitation
- Hearing voices
- Medication complications
- Sleep or eating disturbances
Extraordinary advances have been made in the treatment of mental health. Understanding what causes some mental health disorders helps doctors tailor treatment to those affected. Most treatment methods for mental health issues can be categorized as either somatic or psychotherapeutic. Somatic treatments include drug therapy. A number of psychoactive drugs are highly effective and widely used by psychiatrists. These drugs are often categorized according to the disorder for which they are primarily prescribed.
Psychotherapeutic treatments include individual, group and family therapy, as well as behavior and cognitive therapy. Psychotherapy works on the assumption that the cure for a person’s suffering lies within that person and that this cure can be facilitated through a trusting, supportive relationship with a psychotherapist. By creating an empathetic and accepting atmosphere, the therapist often is able to help the person identify the source of the problems and consider alternatives for dealing with them. The emotional awareness and insight that the person gains through psychotherapy often results in a change in attitude and behavior that allows the person to live a fuller and more satisfying life.
Most studies suggest that for major mental health issues, a treatment approach involving both drugs and psychotherapy is more effective than either treatment method used alone.
Our Adult program is an acute, short-term program for adults 18 years and older who need a safe, structured, therapeutic environment 24 hours a day. Our 21-bed inpatient program is located in Las Cruces, NM and focuses on rapid stabilization in order to allow discharge to a less intensive setting. We deliver these services through compassionate care in a warm, supportive atmosphere. The professional, multi-disciplinary team will assess each patient’s needs, develop a diagnosis and work with the patient and their family to design an effective plan of treatment.
Our goal is to assist our patients to a quick return to their optimal level of functioning outside the hospital through the following intensive, supervised treatment components:
- Multi-disciplinary assessment
- Individual treatment planning
- 24-hour nursing
- Medication management and education
- Problem solving and stress management skills development
- Family education and support
- Art and recreation therapy
- Individual and group therapy
Families play an important role in treatment. We encourage family members to share their special knowledge and understanding of the patient and to be a part of treatment planning.