Overview

The Mood Disorder Inpatient Unit at The Pavilion is committed to treating severely compromised adult patients with mood disorders. Our facility is a quiet 16-bed unit with semi-private rooms. During their stay, patients receive psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological treatment in a secure, safe environment to help them recover and prepare for their transition back to community life. Most stays last 5–7 days.

Whom We Treat

The Mood Disorder Inpatient Unit is for higher functioning individuals aged 18 and over. The program commonly treats patients with major depressive disorders with suicidal/homicidal ideation and those with altered mental status due to a known mental health disorder. It is also used as a step-down program for patients transitioning from the Acute Care Program.

All admissions in the Mood Disorder Inpatient Unit are voluntary. Patients who come for treatment under a temporary detention order (TDO) are admitted to the Acute Care Program instead.

Case Study

A voluntary admission was made for a 63-year-old male who admitted to having worsening symptoms of depression with suicidal ideation. He has been dealing with a major depressive disorder, recurrent for many years. He had also recently began using alcohol as a coping mechanism to “dull his pain.” During the course of his treatment, he fully participated in group, and treatment team therapies, and was also compliant with his medication regimen. In several days, he began to notice his feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness and sadness decrease, along with his suicidal thoughts. Through effective therapeutic work in the hospital, he was able to recognize his situation as only a temporary moment in his life, and focusing on the positives became more important. He was discharged after 7 days with a referral to a local intensive outpatient program for additional work on his substance abuse.

Program Overview

The treatment program includes group therapy to help individuals manage aspects of their condition such as stress, anger, mood, and depression. Many patients are stabilized quickly and reconnect to their support systems within their communities. Our recovery-based approach places emphasis on avoiding future readmissions.

Staff

All aspects of collaborative care are provided by an interdisciplinary team of mental health experts with specialized expertise in mood disorders, including a psychiatrist, a clinician, a social worker, a dietician, a recreational therapist, and a psychiatric nurse.