Treatments & Procedures

Because mental illnesses are typically persistent illnesses, continuous behavioral health treatment to help prevent the recurrence of symptoms is recommended. Managing your illness may include attention to lifestyle, stress management, counseling, support and medication options. There is no one approach. The specialists at Westlake Hospital can put together a tailored care plan specific to your individual needs. Below are a few of the treatments we offer at Westlake Hospital.

Medication

Several classes of medications are now available to help treat psychosis (antipsychotics), depression (antidepressants), anxiety symptoms (anti-anxiety medications) and mood instability (mood stabilizers and others).

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, is when a person speaks with a trained therapist in a safe and confidential environment to explore and understand feelings and behaviors and gain coping skills. During individual talk therapy sessions, the conversation is often led by the therapist and can touch on topics such as past or current problems, experiences, thoughts, feelings or relationships experienced by the person while the therapist helps make connections and provide insight.

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

For severely symptomatic people with depression and psychosis where medication and psychotherapy haven’t helped, ECT may be useful. ECT involves the use of short electrical impulses transmitted into the brain.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)

CAM refers to alternative forms of medicine that are not considered part of conventional (Western) medicine. Some examples of CAM include taking omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil), practicing yoga and/or meditation and other supplemental treatments to promote recovery.