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Adolescent Psychiatric Care

Adolescent Psychiatric Care

Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital provides brief, acute inpatient care to adolescents and young adults with a broad spectrum of psychiatric problems, such as mood disorders, psychotic disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, trauma, developmental disorders and disruptive behavior disorders.

The Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry Program's staff — including physicians and faculty affiliated with Yale School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry — takes a multidisciplinary approach in diagnosing, understanding and treating each patient's type and severity of illness. Patients are typically followed by a psychiatrist, social worker and nurse, along with unit-based milieu counselors, recreational/occupational therapists and patient care associates. The goal is to stabilize and reduce acute psychiatric symptoms, teach coping skills, encourage family intervention and establish an aftercare plan — all within the context of the unique emotional, cognitive and social development of adolescents.

Clinical services provided by our Adolescent Inpatient Program may include:

  • Comprehensive evaluation of the patient's physical, psychological and social issues
  • Medication evaluation and management
  • Crisis-oriented intensive family and individual therapy
  • Structured group therapy, using cognitive-behavioral approaches to symptom management, interpersonal effectiveness and coping skills
  • Collaboration and coordination with educational institutions
  • Discharge planning and collaboration with the adolescent's school, outpatient clinicians, family and other community agencies
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Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression in Children

Returning to school during the COVID crisis presents many challenges for children and their parents. Psychiatrist Cynthia Wilson, MD offers tips to parents on how to model behaviors during the pandemic and what to look for to identify signs of anxiety and depression in their children as they go into the school year.