Behavioral Health

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Indiana University Health offers comprehensive services for a wide range of behavioral illnesses—including substance abuse, anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder.

Our staff works with you as an individual, addressing your unique needs by using an integrated approach. You are given a customized assessment and comprehensive care plan that may include medical and psychosocial evaluation, psychiatric and occupational therapy, medicine management and on-going medical treatment.

Your team of behavioral health experts may include physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical nurse specialists, social workers, nurses, therapists and dietitians. Our individual, group and family therapy programs are available on an inpatient, outpatient and partial hospitalization basis.

Our affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine gives you access to the latest in behavioral health research and treatment options. Services for both children and adults are available in multiple locations around the state.

Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital offers a wide range of services designed to support patients with behavioral, psychiatric and psychological needs. Our specially designed programs include individual, group and family therapy for children and adults, on an inpatient, outpatient and partial hospitalization basis.

At IU Health Methodist Hospital, patients receive a personalized assessment and a comprehensive care plan that may include psychiatric and occupational therapy, help with managing medicines and on-going treatment options. With outpatient facilities conveniently located around Indianapolis, we make it easy for you or those you care about to get help. We offer the best possible therapy options to assure all our patients have ongoing success.

Sometimes people hesitate to seek help because they fear the private information they share with a therapist may somehow be discovered by family, friends or employers. At IU Health Methodist Hospital, we understand that concern. That is why we have strict policies to ensure patient privacy and confidentiality.

Inpatient & Outpatient Services

We provide full-service behavioral health diagnosis and treatment to all hospital patients. Patients are grouped according to the severity of their illnesses and placed in the least restrictive setting possible. Intensive therapies treat depression and other psychological issues resulting from traumatic injury, organ transplant, cancer, heart attack and other major medical experiences. We also treat patients with addiction or other mental health problems that require hospitalization.

Heavy physician engagement is the hallmark of our detailed, multidisciplinary, partial-hospitalization therapy program. Designed for those patients who need intensive treatment, but do not require inpatient services, the program includes daily meetings with an attending psychiatrist, group therapy, family therapy and psycho-educational and therapeutic recreational groups.

Care for Children

The Behavioral Health specialists at IU Health Methodist Hospital provide the high quality care and treatment for children and adolescents suffering from psychological illnesses, including:

Our leading-edge inpatient treatment plans involve caregivers and family members to ensure continuity of care after a child is discharged from the hospital. A multidisciplinary team provides daily evaluation, education, therapy and an individualized discharge plan for follow-up care.

Outpatient services for patients age 17 and under are available at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

Chemical Dependency Program (Outpatient)

We lead the state in helping those with addictions to drugs, alcohol and pain medicines. Our one-of-a-kind program results in the highest recovery rates and includes services for chronic pain management using non-habit-forming medicines. Our team of caring physicians and staff are with you every step of the way, providing support groups, occupational therapy, physical therapy and individualized treatment to help you get better.

Indiana University Health Charis Center for Eating Disorders

IU Health Charis Center for Eating Disorders, the only treatment center of its kind in Indiana, is a comprehensive program offering medical, psychological and nutritional services for patients. Our experts are all specially trained to care for the unique needs of children, adolescents and adults with eating disorders.

We begin by assessing patient's readiness for change, since ambivalence about giving up the eating disorder is common. We promote change by encouraging patients to move forward with small steps and by acknowledging that the path to recovery is not straight. Instead, it has loops and plunges that can gradually contribute to the wisdom necessary for recovery. The pace at which a person moves toward recovery can be influenced by motivation, the severity of the eating disorder, the amount of social support and his/her physical condition. Establishing medical stability at initiation of treatment is essential and required.

While respecting an individual’s privacy, we know that family-based treatment is a philosophy of care that has revolutionized the treatment of eating disorders. This approach involves a healthy partnership among family and treatment providers. At the IU Health Charis Center, treatment plans are developed and overseen by a multidisciplinary team of physicians, therapists, dietitians, nurses and other experts working together with patients and families.

Eating disorders we treat include:

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Other related disorders

We help individuals achieve a sense of inner contentment and a healthy balance—psychologically, medically and nutritionally.

We provide:

  • Medical evaluation/treatment
  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Nutritional evaluation and counseling
  • Eating disorders education
  • Consultation to schools, educators, community organizations and healthcare providers

We offer care in outpatient, intensive outpatient and partial hospital settings, depending upon the needs of each individual. In the rare instance when a patient requires inpatient care, staff members at IU Health Methodist Hospital provide treatment, with the guidance of a Charis physician.

At the IU Health Charis Center, we offer three levels of treatment intensity:

  • Outpatient treatment. Tailored to suit the needs of each patient and may include a combination of psychological, nutritional, medical and psychiatric services as determined by the staff. Outpatient treatment typically involves regular individual and/or family therapy appointments with one of our licensed therapists and regular nutrition counseling appointments with one of our registered dietitians. Outpatient treatment also requires regular monitoring by one of our medical doctors or an outside physician.
  • The intensive outpatient program (IOP). Designed for those who need more support than traditional outpatient treatment can offer or for those who would benefit from a “jumpstart” in their outpatient treatment. The IOP is an eight-week program that meets three days a week for 3 hours. IOP incorporates group therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, nutrition, assertiveness training, mindfulness training, body image and a variety of educational topics related to the recovery process. A snack is provided each session.
  • The partial hospitalization program (PHP). Designed for those whose eating disorder is severe enough that outpatient therapy, including IOP, is not sufficient to provide the support needed to recover. Patients may go directly into PHP, try individual treatment or IOP first, or they may come from a residential treatment program and need PHP to facilitate the transition to individual outpatient treatment. PHP meets five days a week. In addition to providing the treatment modalities included in IOP, PHP incorporates individual and family therapy, medical monitoring, nutritional monitoring and psychotropic medical management, if necessary. Three meals and two snacks are provided each day, which are tailored to the individual nutritional needs of each patient.

All meals and snacks provided in IOP and PHP are planned by our registered dietitians in an effort to introduce patients to a wide variety of foods to help practice flexibility and promote a healthy lifestyle.

Learn more about Eating Disorders

Nearly 10 million females and 1 million males in this country currently battle anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. Millions more struggle with binge eating.

The National Eating Disorders Association reports that the vast majority of sufferers are young:

  • More than half of teenage girls and nearly one-third of teenage boys skip meals, fast, vomit or take laxatives to control their weight. 10% of eating disorder patients are male.
  • The peak onset of eating disorders occurs during puberty and the late teen/early adult years, but symptoms can occur as early as kindergarten or as late as middle age or older. Forty-two percent of first-, second- and third-grade girls report wanting to be thinner.

These statistics are cause for concern, because eating disorders—anorexia in particular—carry the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness, with up to 10 percent of patients dying of the disease. Early detection is critical in the treatment of eating disorders. While many patients hide their illness, families and friends should be on the lookout for telltale symptoms.

Common signs of anorexia include:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Compulsive exercise
  • Fatigue
  • Complaints of feeling cold
  • Hair loss
  • Absent menstruation

Common signs of bulimia include:

  • Preoccupation with food
  • Constant dieting without significant weight loss
  • Food “disappearing” from the house
  • Swollen salivary glands
  • Abuse of dieting aids or laxatives

If you suspect your loved one has an eating disorder, suggest he/she see a doctor. Many people with eating disorders refuse to believe they have a problem, even if a diagnosis is made. The key to a successful outcome is a supportive, involved family.