Outpatient Psychiatry in Philadelphia
Filled with rich history and lively culture, Philadelphia is one of America’s most iconic cities. Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania, ringing in with a population of over 1.5 million. Home of Thomas Paine, the Liberty Bell, and the First Bank of the United States, the “City of Brotherly Love” has no shortage of historical value; in fact, it was even the nation’s capital in the late 1700s. It also houses pop culture legends like the “Rocky Statue” and is known for its mouthwatering Philly cheesesteaks.
Despite Philadelphia’s impressive legacy and modern-day charm, the city is no stranger to the nation’s ever-growing mental health crisis. Thankfully, treatment for mental illness is available and recovery is possible. Whether you are struggling with a mood disorder, anxiety, depression, substance use disorder, or any other form of mental illness, outpatient psychiatry in Philadelphia can provide you with the tools and resources you need to manage your symptoms and reclaim the joy in your life.
What Is Psychiatry?
Psychiatry is a medical specialty designed to diagnose, treat, and prevent mental illness. The doctors who specialize in this field—known as psychiatrists—are expertly trained to provide comprehensive physiological, psychological, and neurological care. This qualifies them to treat mental, emotional, and behavioral health disorders.
During psychiatric treatment, patients are typically prescribed medications such as antidepressants, mood stabilizers, anti-psychotics, or sedatives while simultaneously undergoing talk therapy. This way, the psychological and neurological aspects of mental health disorders can be addressed simultaneously throughout treatment. Additionally, outpatient psychiatry in Philadelphia includes alternative therapies such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy and ketamine assisted-psychotherapy (KAP) for treatment resistant conditions.
Mental Health in Philadelphia
It is no secret that mental illness rates are increasing all over the nation. Philadelphia is no exception. In fact, during 2012 an astounding 270,000 people over the age of 18 reported having a major depressive episode. This issue has only worsened with time. In 2015, around 600,000 Pennsylvanians were estimated to have experienced major depressive episodes, and over a million were estimated to experience psychological distress within a one-year period. The number of those estimated to have bipolar disorder and schizophrenia was 262,873 and 111,215 respectively.
In 2015 a survey conducted by Drexel University discovered that there were over 14,000 calls made to suicide prevention hotlines. While suicide prevention hotlines address the immediate crisis, they aren’t designed to be anything more than a stop-gap solution — leaving many without thorough mental health treatment and at risk. Sadly, the same study revealed that 10.1 per 100,000 Philadelphia residents committed suicide in 2014. These findings underscore the immediate need for mental health services.
How Mental Health Is Treated at WAVE Treatment Centers
WAVE Treatment Centers integrates evidence-based therapies and various types of medication in order to restore your overall well-being. Our services encompass a wide range of treatment options—addressing several mental health disorders.
Additionally, our custom treatment programs are specifically tailored to each individual patient. Mental health disorders treated at WAVE Treatment Centers include:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Mood Disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Substance Use Disorder (SUD)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Dual Diagnosis
- Treatment-Resistant Depression
Our integrated approach to treatment uses powerful treatment resources to develop personalized plans to treat a variety of mental health disorders, including substance use disorder. We specialize in a wide array of therapeutic modalities to ensure that we not only treat mental health concerns and substance use disorders, but help our patients achieve long-lasting recovery.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy (TMS)
TMS therapy uses magnetic waves to stimulate specific parts of the brain that are underactive or overactive. It is a noninvasive, pain and medication free, completely outpatient treatment. Sessions usually last less than an hour and patients are safe to drive themselves home after. There are minimal side-effects and patients often notice an improvement in their symptoms within the first few treatments.
Talk therapy can be very important to your growth and healing. Through the use of therapy, you can get to the root causes of mental health concerns and addiction. Therapists are trained to provide a safe and non-judgmental space to open up and address often complex emotional responses. Psychotherapy options include:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Family therapy
- Group therapy
Medication and therapy are powerful tools when treating mental illness. Outpatient psychiatry allows you to receive the care that you need at a treatment facility, and still maintain work and family obligations. Additionally, Telehealth services for some conditions are offered to allow you to receive care from your home or office making psychiatric care more convenient than ever.
Ketamine is a quick and innovative way to treat mental illness. In some cases, treatments with ketamine or esketamine (Spravato) have been able to reduce symptoms in as little as a few hours. After a short number of sessions, people often have months of symptom relief especially when combined with other modalities like psychotherapy.
It is important to monitor your condition and how it changes throughout treatment. Medication management allows you to be evaluated and treated on a continuous basis. During this time, your medication dosages will be adjusted to best fit your needs.
Ambulatory Detox (Outpatient Detox or Medically Assisted Withdrawal)
Some substances like alcohol, opiate drugs, opioids, and sedatives like alprazolam and others can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms such as seizures, delirium and death if someone stops taking them abruptly. In order to prevent this from occurring it is often necessary to undergo supervised medically assisted detox. During this process, a medical treatment team oversees and treats the patient with specific medications while monitoring the individual undergoing detox.
Ambulatory Detox is a great alternative to inpatient detox. In ambulatory detox, detoxification is done outpatient, meaning you only visit the center or hospital during the day. This allows you more flexibility during the detox process. Many people even find that they have the time to continue carrying out personal and professional responsibilities.
Individuals who struggle with opioid addiction or long-term alcohol addiction often require help in overcoming withdrawal and cravings. Medication can help ease withdrawal symptoms while gently guiding people to a life of recovery. Medications such as Subclade (buprenorphine) can be given during detox to reduce cravings while medications like Vivitrol are given after detox to prevent relapse.
Addiction and mental health disorders do not have to define you. If you are struggling with the effects of substance use and mental health disorders, there is hope. At WAVE Treatment Centers, we offer comprehensive outpatient services to help you address your mental health disorders thoroughly and reduce your symptoms quickly. Our facility is ready to help you regain your life. Give us a call right now or fill out our contact form to make the first step towards a better future.