Psychiatry is the branch of medicine focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. Problems can arise suddenly, like panic attacks, or be more long-term, like persistent feelings of hopelessness or sadness. Some symptoms a psychiatrist would treat include:

  • Sadness that lasts more than a week
  • Frequent feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or suicide
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Racing thoughts
  • Compulsive behaviors that interfere with your daily functioning
  • Increased or excessive use of alcohol or drugs
  • Changes in appetite and/or eating habits that cause significant changes in weight
  • Dramatic mood swings
  • Panic attacks
  • Grief
  • Difficulty adjusting to major life changes (loss of job, separation/divorce, health problems)
  • Just not feeling like yourself


Psychology is the study of the human mind and behavior. It includes mental, emotional and psychosocial challenges that impair a person’s ability to function on a daily basis. Through evidence-based research, psychologists employ strategies to solve a person’s problem(s) and improve their lives. A psychologist may counsel individuals to groups. A psychologist can treatment conditions like:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Mood disorders
  • Substance abuse disorders
  • Relationship issues
  • Sexual abuse
  • Medical conditions

The goal is to help individuals strengthen skills and behaviors in order to optimize health outcomes, improve wellness, cope effectively with stressors and strengthen emotional resilience.

The Behavioral Health Center

The Behavioral Health Center (BHC) at the hospital provides inpatient services for children, adolescents, adults and seniors. Thousands of Treasure Coast residents have been helped back to the path of hope, happiness and a better quality of life through the center’s inpatient and outpatient treatment, counseling services, classes and screenings.

As part of the hospital we are uniquely qualified to combine expert behavioral health service with comprehensive medical care, including a full complement of diagnostic services.

The 46-bed facility, located on a beautiful campus across the street from Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital, includes a gym, pool, shaded courtyards and bright airy rooms.


Our therapeutic team is interdisciplinary and includes board certified psychiatrists, experienced RNs, licensed social workers and mental health technicians.

We embrace a patient-focused model of treatment that puts you and your loved ones in the center and asks, “How can we help you?”

A distinct advantage of having the BHC as part of the hospital is the availability to provide staff hospitalists and specialists to monitor patients for other medical issues.


The hospital is a designated Baker Act receiving facility. Our trained professionals offer screening and assessment for behavioral health issues 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The assessment provides an opportunity to share any issues that may be troubling you or a loved one with an expert in behavioral health.

Our clinicians, in consultation with our medical staff, will make recommendations to best suit your needs. These may range from community-based support services to short term inpatient hospitalization.