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The Ochsner Mental Health team provides short-term crisis intervention and treatment for people with severe depression, acute anxiety disorders and acute psychotic disorders. The 14-bed Acute Psychiatry Unit is designed to provide a safe and secure environment where patients are stabilized and can begin their recovery. Patients receive a complete medical and neurological examination to differentiate between medical and psychiatric illness. Members of the team discuss each patient's problems and design a custom treatment plan that is evaluated and modified as the patient progresses.
Treatment services are designed to reduce symptoms and improve the quality of life. Patients receive expert nursing care and attend individual and group sessions for relaxation and occupational therapy. Ochsner also provides a comprehensive medical and psychiatric assessment for elderly patients, including crisis intervention, diagnosis and treatment recommendations or referrals.