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Psychiatry

Compassionate care to help you achieve your best mental health

Psychiatry at Beverly Hospital

The psychiatry team at Beverly Hospital is dedicated to helping adults 18 years of age and older achieve their best behavioral health. Our team joins forces to diagnose and evaluate all types of behavioral illness and substance use disorders. Then working with you or your loved one, we develop a treatment plan to help manage symptoms so you can live life more fully.

We offer a wide array of treatments and tailor our care to your specific needs. It may include inpatient and outpatient services. Treatment is provided on the Beverly Hospital campus as well as at our satellite locations at BayRidge Hospital and Addison Gilbert Hospital. Most patients reach our services through the emergency department (ED).

What to Expect

When you arrive at the ED, a nurse will see you or your loved one, get a health history and do a brief evaluation. Next comes a visit from the ED physician, who may order bloodwork and other tests. That’s followed by an in-depth interview with a social worker. This process helps us determine which patients benefit from a hospital stay.

Observational Care

In some cases, we require more time to make a diagnosis and determine treatment needs. For up to 23 hours, we have a patient stay in an observation bed. During this time, our team continues to assess you or your loved one’s condition. We may bring in other experts, such as a primary care doctor and consulting psychologists and neurologists, as well.

Inpatient Hospital Care

If we determine you or your loved one needs inpatient care, we can provide it in one of our three secure inpatient units. These units offer specialized care for different needs. An ambulance will transport you to the appropriate facility. Stays are typically five to eight days.

  • Beverly Hospital serves patients with behavioral health needs through its Leland Unit. Psychiatric services may also be provided on medical floors so that patients’ medical treatment can proceed in a safe and effective manner.
  • BayRidge Hospital specializes in general psychiatry. It provides care for people with conditions such as psychotic disorders, substance use disorders and those who have attempted suicide. It also offers a 6-bed, short-stay unit for people who have had public emotional outbursts.
  • Addison Gilbert Hospital’s Senior Adult Unit specializes in providing psychiatric care for people 65 years of age and older. It’s nationally recognized for the care it provides seniors and has achieved Age-Friendly status from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. This award recognizes the hospital’s efforts to provide the highest quality care to older adults.

Partial Hospitalization Program

Our Partial Hospitalization Program is a short-term, intensive outpatient program for adults. It’s designed to help to restore coping skills and supports recovery efforts from behavioral illness, addiction or both. Patients spend six hours a day at the hospital but return home in the evenings. The program may be helpful for patients as they transition out of inpatient care. It may also help people avoid hospital admission or stabilize patients during a crisis.

During the day, program participants take part in several group therapy sessions and see a therapist for individual counseling. Our psychiatrists also provide medication management and help participants deal with any medication side effects.

Program Goals

Specific goals of the program are to:

  • Help arrange ongoing outpatient treatment when needed, as well as participation in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings
  • Help patients attain the skills needed to manage symptoms and develop new social support systems
  • Identify behavior and attitude changes needed to achieve and maintain successful recovery
  • Provide education to patients and families about the factors that may have led to the patient’s behavioral health episode
  • Provide support to patients as they work to stabilize their behavioral health
Admission Requirements

To be accepted into the Partial Hospitalization Program, a patient must:

  • Be able to maintain safety at home overnight and when not in the program
  • Have a psychiatric diagnosis or co-existing substance abuse and psychiatric disorders
  • Have the ability for self-control
  • Not be actively suicidal

For more information about the program, please call 978-922-3000, ext. 2812. Ask to speak with the Partial Hospitalization Program coordinator.

Treatments We Offer

Medication
Our psychiatrists may prescribe medication to help manage your symptoms. These medicines help change chemical signals in your brain. Your psychiatrist will monitor you carefully to make sure the medication is helping. They will also watch for side effects and help you manage them if they occur.
Individual, Family & Group Therapy
Talk therapy in groups, families and individually may help you better understand your condition. It can also help you change behaviors and thought patterns that negatively affect your health.
Electroconvulsant Therapy (ECT)

In some cases, we may suggest ECT. This treatment delivers brief bouts of electrical stimulation to your brain while you are under general anesthesia. It’s safe and can be very helpful for:

  • Catatonia
  • Depression that does not respond to other treatments
  • Depression that occurs with hallucinations and delusions
  • Mania
  • People who are unable to take medication

The treatment usually involves six to 12 sessions over a period of two to four weeks. It’s administered in the recovery room at Beverly Hospital.

Inpatient ECT

ECT may be offered as part of inpatient care. If so, you must have a medical assessment a few days before your scheduled treatment. Lab tests, a chest X-ray and an electrocardiogram (EKG), which records your heart’s electrical activity, are part of this assessment. Sometimes a neurological exam is needed, as well.

 

Outpatient ECT
For those who start ECT as inpatients, we may recommend continuing the treatment on an outpatient basis. We may recommend outpatient treatment for people in excellent physical health, as well. Patients are admitted to our Medical Day Care Unit, but treatment takes place in our recovery room. Patients are discharged when medically stable.
For More Information

Our admission clinician on the Leland Unit can provide more information about ECT. Please call 978-922-3000, ext. 2801.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy

TMS is similar to ECT. It’s a form of neurostimulation that triggers brain activity. But TMS uses very strong magnetic pulses instead of electricity. A psychiatrist and TMS technician administer the treatment in an outpatient office setting. No anesthesia is needed. You remain awake and alert throughout the treatment.

Patients get TMS five days a week for about six weeks. Each treatment session lasts just over half an hour. Once it’s completed, you’re free to go about your daily routine. Studies show that TMS is safe and effective. Half of patients improve significantly. And about 33% of patients are symptom-free after six weeks of treatment.

Who May Benefit from TMS?

To have this treatment, you must be at least 40 years old. The treatment has been successful for people who:

  • Are not getting adequate results from their current depression treatment
  • Are taking multiple medications for depression
  • Feel that depression continues to have a negative impact on their daily life
  • Feel that the side effects of their treatment outweigh the benefits
  • Find that depression has increased their doctor visits for other conditions
  • Have tried ECT for their depression
For More Information
For more information about TMS, please call 978-304-8532.

Conditions We Treat

We provide care for a full range of disorders and conditions affecting mental health.  
  • Anxiety
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Catatonia
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Postpartum depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

Frequently Asked Questions

Who will provide my care?

Highly trained, experienced psychiatrists will lead your care team. Other experts who may have a role in your treatment include:

  • Certified alcohol counselors
  • Nurses
  • Nutritionists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
Does insurance cover mental health services?

Our programs are covered by nearly all private insurers, as well as Medicare and MassHealth. Preauthorization of treatment is often required. We suggest checking with your insurance provider for details about your coverage.

What should I bring for an inpatient stay?

We encourage you to bring your own clothes. However, we will provide toiletries, such as toothpaste, shampoo and deodorant. Cell phones are permitted, but we do not allow the use of cameras. For your benefit and that of others, tobacco use is prohibited during your stay.

Are visitors allowed?

We recognize that family and friends may play an important role in your recovery. Learn more about our visitation policies.

Services & Specialties

Experts from several specialties may play important roles in your care: