PATIENT SERVICES / PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Center For Behavioral Health

Mental Health has previously been in the background of overall health. Through the years, the World Health Organization (WHO) included mental health in its definition of health to emphasize its importance. The magnitude of the consequences of undetected and untreated mental illness has been evident in the number of suicide cases and increasing health costs.

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Mental Health has previously been in the background of overall health. Through the years, the World Health Organization (WHO) included mental health in its definition of health to emphasize its importance. The magnitude of the consequences of undetected and untreated mental illness has been evident in the number of suicide cases and increasing health costs.


According to the most recent data by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, the 3rd leading cause of death for people aged 10-14 and the second leading cause of death for people aged 15-24.” According to the data of the said organization, “the United States has lost $193.2 billion of earnings per year from serious mental illness.”


Recently, the Philippines with its growing mental health concerns, started to address this matter . The Department of Health (DOH) has improved and increased its mental health programs which include a Suicide Prevention Program in partnership with a non-government organization. The Philippine Psychiatric Association has also sponsored the Philippine Mental Health Act to help make mental health services more accessible in the country.


The Medical City Department of Psychiatry, being the only private institution in the country to offer complete psychiatry subspecialties, has decided to take part in addressing the growing mental health needs of the country. Hence, the Center for Behavioral Health was conceptualized.


SERVICES


Addiction Psychiatry

Services


Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Services


Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Services


Allied Mental Health

Services

Addiction Psychiatry Services

Outpatient Detoxification Program

The outpatient detoxification program is designed for patients with history of substance abuse who wish to undergo detoxification to get rid of the substance and its ill effects.


Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)

The Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) is a five-session module, designed for patients with history of substance abuse who wish to live a life of sobriety, but are also ambivalent about abstaining and how to initiate change.


Relapse Prevention I and II

The Relapse Prevention program is open to all patients with complaint or history of an addictive behavior/ substance abuse and wishes to abstain from it. There are two programs:


Relapse Prevention I: Relapse Prevention Group Therapy

Eight sessions of group therapy that help patients understand the biological effects of substance use. The therapies will also help patients and gain skills to deal with urges and cravings for a substance in order for them to maintain sobriety.


Relapse Prevention II: Distress Tolerance and Emotion Regulation Skills Training

Five one-on-one sessions of skills training on dealing with stressors that would trigger urges/ cravings that involves the use of substance to help the patient maintain sobriety and avoid relapse.  This will be offered to patients who underwent Relapse Prevention I, but was assessed to need further therapy sessions to help with their sobriety.



Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Services

Group Therapy For Teens

This is a group therapy module for adolescent patients with depression and anxiety designed to enhance self-esteem, utilizing arts-based activities and sharing of experiences to foster a sense of group cohesion and individual empowerment.


The Parenting Toolkit

This is a half-day workshop designed to teach parents effective skills to raise emotionally and behaviorally healthy children. It combines lectures, role playing, and case-based group discussions. Separate workshops are designed for pre-school and school-age children as well as adolescents.


School Mental Health Consult

This is a consultation service designed to continuously provide school counselors and administrators with expert assistance on how to address the myriad mental health challenges schools face today.



Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Services

Outpatient consults for psychosocial assessment (e.g. screening for anxiety and depression) and provision of psychological support and pharmacologic management as needed in patients with medical conditions such as:


• Heart disease, pulmonary diseases, neurological illnesses (e.g. stroke, seizures, behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia), HIV, cancer, chronic pain, and other medical conditions


• Evaluation for capacity to participate in medical decision-making process


• Outpatient evaluation and emotional supportive care for caregivers or family members in distress or suffering from caregiver fatigue or burnout


• Lifestyle Assessment and Management Program for Diabetic Patients (in partnership with the Diabetes Center of The Medical City)



Allied Mental Health Services

Psychological Assessment

Individuals with different concerns, including, but not limited to difficulties in interpersonal relationships, difficulty in functionality in work or school, those experiencing anxiety and depression, or presence of other mental health conditions may be referred for psychological assessment. The overall assessment involves a clinical interview as well as assessment of cognitive and behavioral functions, personality, and coping skills, with the use of a set of standardized tests and procedures.