Over 26 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. The Institute of Psychiatry provides care for a full range of psychiatric problems affecting adults. These include:
Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depressive Illness)
Borderline Personality Disorder
|Generalized Anxiety Disorder|
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder)
Substance Abuse Disorders
. . . and others
We offer the following adult outpatient services:
This program offers adults 35 and over group therapy three to five days per week. Patients return home in the evenings.
MUSC SEASONS provides thorough, evidence-based care for many psychiatric illnesses, including depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders. Care is coordinated with your current provider and offers an alternative to hospitalization. The program provides treatment, education and coping skills that help patients manage their symptoms and improve their level of functioning.
The first step is the initial assessment. On day one, you will meet with a nurse and a psychiatrist for several hours in the morning to go over your medical and mental health history and review your medications. After a brief orientation by the clinical counselor, you can go to your first group session.
MUSC SEASONS is an intensive group therapy program, which means you will participate in several groups each day. You will also have the opportunity to meet regularly with a social worker and a psychiatrist one-on-one.
If your treatment plan calls for an intensive outpatient program, you will come two to four days a week. If your psychiatrist determines you would benefit from the partial hospitalization program, you will come five days a week.
The program begins at 9:00 in the morning and ends at 1:30 in the afternoon. A box lunch is served.
There are many benefits of participating in an intensive outpatient program. You’ll have a safety and support network that can help decrease the need to be in the hospital. Patients often find a stay in the hospital uncomfortable and less desirable than staying in their own home and own bed at night. As long as your needs can be met safely at home, you can have the best of both worlds: the comforts of home in the evening hours, and receiving therapy and intensive treatment during the daytime.
For those who are just coming out of the hospital, it’s often difficult to make the transition, and patients are at risk for relapse and readmission. This program will help to ensure a smooth transition and decrease the risk of being re-hospitalized.
The MUSC SEASONS treatment team will be working hard to help you meet your goals. Achieving an optimal outcome requires a serious commitment from the patient, as well! The key to success is a willingness to participate in intensive psychotherapy groups and take an active role in your recovery. Patients who are actively psychotic, who have a serious drug or alcohol problem, or who have cognitive impairment (dementia) will not benefit from this type of program. Patients must also be able to manage walking, eating and other activities on their own, or have an assistant to help.
To schedule an assessment, call 843-792-0500.
MUSC SEASONS is located at 295 Calhoun Street, Suite FP101, Charleston, SC 29401.
For more acute or complex problems, the Institute of Psychiatry offers several inpatient settings and services.
The Acute Adult Psychiatric Unit (1 North) provides short-term acute crisis stabilization for a broad range of psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, and borderline personality disorder, among others. The General Adult Psychiatric Unit (3 North) has a fixed therapeutic schedule, designed to engage patients in their own treatment, once stabilized.
These inpatient settings provide psychiatric evaluation, management of medicines, behavioral treatment, occupational therapy, recreation therapy, and patient and family education and planning for care after discharge.
Thorough evaluation is provided by a highly skilled, multidisciplinary treatment team, including the attending physician, as well as resident physicians, nurses, therapeutic assistants and social workers. Group therapy is focused on pharmacotherapy, stress management, anger management, recreational and occupational therapy, and twice-daily community meetings.
All patients benefit from proven, evidence-based treatments and extensive physician time under close supervision by attending physicians.
Brain Stimulation Service
For mood disorders, including severe depression, Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) and cutting-edge brain stimulation therapies are available to inpatients if prescribed by the treatment team.
Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs
If patients are diagnosed with drug or alcohol dependency in addition to psychiatric disorders, addiction specialists from the Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs (CDAP) department will join the treatment team.
The MUSC University Hospital
If needed, consultation for medical services is available next door at the Medical University Hospital.