Feeling sad or hopeless? Anxious or worried? Not interested in things you usually like to do? Your mental health is an important part of your overall health. We know that medical and mental health conditions often go hand in hand, and each can affect the other. For this reason, we have available integrated behavioral health services for all medical patients at Little River Medical Center. This means that our behavioral health team will work closely with your primary care provider to offer complete coordinated care. Our behavioral health team consists of licensed social workers, psychologists, and counselors. They can offer assistance when habits, behaviors, stress, worry and emotional concerns about physical or other life problems interfere with daily life or overall health.
Our behavioral health team offers assistance with:
- Panic disorders
- Family violence
We can also help you develop behavioral change plans for smoking cessation, weight loss, alcohol misuse, exercise or other lifestyle changes.
Caring for Teens and Children
Children, like adults, can benefit from therapy. Many children and teens needs help with dealing with academic stress, bullying or peer pressure. Others may need guidance to explore and process their feelings about family issues especially where there may be major transitions such as divorce or major sickness. Counseling might also be beneficial for children dealing with developmental concerns, mood imbalance, and mental health disorders.
If your child or teen suddenly seems withdrawn, sulky or tearful, he or she may be struggling to cope with a difficult life event. Trust your instincts to offer extra support such as helping your child connect with our behavioral health team.
Medication Assisted Treatment
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) services are exclusively for LRMC patients who have become addicted to heroin or prescription painkillers. Our behavioral health and clinical team, including a physician specially trained in opioid dependence, will utilize a range of services in order to reduce the need to satisfy cravings, decrease withdrawal symptoms and abstain from opioid use.
Participation in MAT services requires regularly scheduled follow-up medical and counseling appointments, pharmacy and prescriptions restrictions, and compliance with treatment recommendations including referrals to subspecialists as needed.