Behavioral health specialists in San Antonio, Texas

Methodist Department of Phychiatry

At Methodist Healthcare, we believe that mental illness and chemical dependency are real and powerful problems that impact not only the individuals experiencing them but the people around them. We know how difficult it is to face psychiatric illnesses, and we work hard to provide our patients with the tools they need to improve their mental health.

To learn more about the behavioral health services we offer, contact our Methodist Healthcare HealthLine at (210) 575-0355.

The Methodist Healthcare Department of Psychiatry in San Antonio provides mental health and substance abuse crisis intervention services for adults 18 years old and older, including a specialized Medicare-approved senior mental health program.

Behavioral health services we offer

Our goal at Methodist Healthcare is to ensure that patients receive treatment in a setting that is conducive to their individualized needs. The Methodist Department of Psychiatry offers a variety of treatment programs in a psychiatric hospital or outpatient setting, designed specifically for adults with mental health conditions.

To be eligible for hospital admission, patients must be evaluated for behavioral problems that place the patient or others at imminent risk. Chemical dependency hospital admission is based on withdrawal symptoms that, if treated in an outpatient setting, might cause imminent risk.

Adult psychiatric care

Across our adult units, we help patients and families understand, cope with and, if possible, recover from a variety of mental illnesses.

Using a multidisciplinary approach, we provide psychiatry services, group therapy, family therapy, medication management and nursing care services. We also offer electroconvulsive therapy for patients who are not responding to more conventional treatment methods.

Senior mental health care

Our senior mental health unit is specialized to meet the needs of patients 55 years old or older. We provide intensive multidisciplinary services that integrate behavioral interventions, therapeutic milieu, psychopharmacology and other approaches to stabilize patients rapidly and implement treatment plans.

Substance abuse treatment

Chemical dependency is a treatable disease. We offer inpatient mental health care services to get patients started on the road to recovery. We provide detoxification from alcohol and other substances and help arrange a long-term treatment plan for maintaining sobriety.

Our multidisciplinary team has extensive experience treating substance abuse and chemical dependency as well as relapse prevention and aftercare options.

Partial hospitalization program

This program allows patients to receive the same service they would as an inpatient while allowing them to return home at the end of each day. Patients attend the program Monday through Friday with weekends off. Most patients stay in the program for one to three weeks.

Therapy services are provided in a group setting and include daily nursing care, psychotherapy groups, therapeutic recreation and occupational therapy. There is also a multi-family group session one time per week, which helps families or loved ones understand the treatment their loved one is receiving and learn about managing the illness.

The partial hospitalization program is under the supervision of a psychiatrist who sees all patients one time per week while they are in the program. This program provides services to patients with mental health and/or chemical dependency problems.

For more information about our partial hospitalization program, please call (210) 575-0509.

Intensive outpatient program

This outpatient mental health care program is an intensive group therapy program geared toward individuals who are stable on medications but need psychotherapy intervention. The program addresses ways to maintain wellness and improve interpersonal communication and other issues that contribute to a patient’s inability to remain emotionally healthy.

During the program, a patient will see his or her psychiatrist on an outpatient basis and receive counseling services for 12 hours per week, including a multi-family session every Saturday morning. A physician oversees the program, but there is no ongoing physician.

This program has different tracks for mental health, chemical dependency or a combination of the two. Morning and evening hours are offered.

Behavioral health conditions we treat

Methodist Healthcare’s treatment team of psychiatrists, psychotherapists, case managers and nurses are experts in working with mood disorders and cognitive function issues that are often accompanied by medical conditions.

We treat illnesses that include, but are not limited to:

  • Depression (severe or debilitating)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety

We also specialize in the best treatments for mood disorders.

If you are experiencing the following symptoms, you can reach our licensed clinicians and psychiatric nurses available 24/7 by calling (210) 575-0500.

Symptoms of major depression

  • Depressed most of the day, nearly every day
  • Feeling sad, empty, hopeless or are teary
  • Feeling no pleasure or a significantly reduced interest in most activities of the day, nearly every day
  • Experiencing significant weight loss when not dieting
  • Weight gain or unexplained decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day
  • Insomnia or sleeping excessively nearly every day
  • Restlessness or slowed behavior that can be observed by others
  • Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day
  • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt, such as believing things that are not true nearly every day
  • Inability to concentrate or indecisiveness nearly every day
  • Recurring thoughts of suicide, death or planning a suicide
  • Attempted suicide

Symptoms of bipolar disorder

  • In most forms of bipolar disorder, moods alternate between elevated and depressed over time. However, with mixed bipolar disorder, a person experiences both mania and depression simultaneously or in rapid sequence.
  • Self-injury, often referred to as cutting, self-mutilation or self-harm, is an attempt to cope with overpowering negative emotions, such as extreme anger, anxiety and frustration. It is usually repetitive, not a one-time act.
  • When a person's illness follows the classic pattern, diagnosing bipolar disorder is relatively easy. However, bipolar disorder symptoms can defy the expected manic-depressive sequence.
  • Suicide is a very real risk for people with bipolar disorder, whether they're in a manic or depressive episode. Approximately 10 to 15 percent of people with bipolar disorder commit suicide. However, treatment greatly lowers the risk.