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Inpatient Psychiatric Care

Inpatient Psychiatric CareFinding compassionate inpatient psychiatric care for mental and behavioral health conditions is every bit as important as finding a health provider for your physical health. Yet, because there’s a stigma surrounding mental health conditions, we often neglect ourselves the care we deserve.

Even if you’ve never experienced symptoms personally, chances are you know someone who has. One in five adults in our country has dealt with mental illness, and one in 25 experiences a serious mental condition at some point in their life. These serious mental conditions sometimes require temporary hospitalization.

At Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods, we provide empathetic inpatient psychiatric care for mental and behavioral health conditions.

When is Inpatient Psychiatric Care Needed?

Inpatient psychiatric care may be needed if you or a loved one have:

  • Acute behavioral disorder, such as paranoia, delusions, hallucinations or schizophrenia
  • Co-occurring conditions, such as substance abuse
  • Mental illness that has temporarily worsened
  • Suicidal thoughts or the potential to harm others

A safe and supportive environment is essential. One where you or your loved one can be closely monitored. During the stay, a specially trained care team will work with you and your family to stabilize the condition and put you on the path to recovery. A care plan may include:

  • Addiction counseling
  • Family education
  • Group counseling
  • Help with life and coping skills
  • Medication Management
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychiatric evaluation

If you’re a caregiver or family member, your support is critical to your loved one’s recovery. You will be considered a part of the care team and encouraged to participate in all aspects of their treatment.

If you’ve had to make the decision to hospitalize your loved one involuntarily, we know it wasn’t easy. But remember it’s actually more caring than it seems — inpatient psychiatric care may be the only way your loved one can get the care they need, especially if there is risk of suicide or harm to others.

What Happens After You’re Discharged?

After receiving short-term inpatient care, you can step down to outpatient treatment. We offer many outpatient behavioral health programs depending on your needs, including a Transitional Care Clinic. In this nurse-driven program, we will follow your recovery for 30 days. The program’s goal is to ensure you’re receiving the proper aftercare treatment and to prevent another hospitalization.

Take the Next Step

If you believe you or a loved one may need inpatient psychiatric care, please call us at 404-728-6222. Our licensed behavioral health evaluators are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Learn more about Inpatient Psychiatric Care at Emory.



Modern Treatments for Depression – Live Chat Takeaways

depression-emailDepression that doesn’t respond to the standard medication or psychological counseling therapies, may be classified as treatment resistant depression (TRD). If you have tried the standard treatments and they have not relieved your symptoms, or your symptoms improve for a time but keep coming back it may be time to ask your doctor about referring you, for a consultation, to a specialist who can diagnose and treats major depression. Members of the TRD program evaluate an individual’s symptoms and current treatment course to see if other newly proven therapies that may offer relief.

We hosted a live chat on Tuesday, September 13 with the care clinicians and psychiatrists from Emory’s Treatment Resistant Depression program. Participants had the opportunity to ask questions and get real-time answers about depression and new treatment options that may be able to help you manage this often chronic condition and improve the quality of your daily life. We received a lot of great questions. Below you can find some highlights from questions we were asked before and during the live chat. You can read the full chat transcript here.


Question: I have tried many of the “available” mess for depression with very little result. Is there a difference in depression and bi- polar depression. If so, what are some meds geared toward bipolar depression?

TRD Program Team: Yes, there is a difference between people diagnosed with bipolar depression and, unipolar depression. Bipolar depression has both highs (in the form of manic and hypomanic episodes) and lows in the form of depression. The lows for bipolar and unipolar depression are similar, but treating a person with bipolar depression with an antidepressant puts them at risk of developing mania. So treating a person with bipolar depression can be more difficult.

Persons with bipolar depression may get put on a lot of medications- some for mania, some for depression and some for anxiety. Treating bipolar depression can be challenging and getting expert treatment may involve a comprehensive evaluation, and sometimes using fewer medications rather than more, and using other therapeutic treatments such as psychotherapy is the best option. Our Treatment Resistant Depression program may be an option for someone who has been under psychiatric care with little or no relief, you can find more information on our program here.


Question: What is late onset depression, and how can it be treated besides drugs?

TRD Program Team: Late onset depression is depression that starts after the age of 50. Often depression that starts after the age of 50 has a medical cause, so the patient should be evaluated carefully. Psychotherapies are as effective as medications in late-onset depression. You can read more about late-life depression in general here:

Besides medication and psychotherapies, there are also non-medication treatments available. Treatment options for late-late depression can be found here:


Question: My son said he heard Ketamine might help with my depression. Is this true?

TRD Program Team: Yes, Ketamine is an off-label treatment for depression that has been shown to be effective, but it is not widely available and is not an FDA-approved treatment at this time. You can learn about one woman’s story with Ketamine here.

If you are seeking Ketamine treatment through Emory, your psychiatrist can make a referral to our TRD program. You can learn more about that here.


Read the full chat transcript here.