Usually we are referred children and adolescents whose problems with feelings, behavior, or thinking become too dangerous or too complicated to be handled on an outpatient basis.
A multidisciplinary team will try to get the best understanding of the problem by talking with the child and the parent or caregiver and learning about the components of a child's life, as well as what might be helping or hindering him or her. Diagnosis and recommendations for change will be made based on our understanding of the problem situation.
There is no specific blood test to determine psychiatric disorders. However, your child will get a complete physical exam, routine blood work, and urinalysis to rule out medical problems. Additional tests may be ordered as needed.
Psychological testing is not done, and CT or MRI scans and EEG's are rarely obtained unless they are felt necessary. If indicated, these tests may also be done on an outpatient basis.
If the doctors believe that a new medicine or a medicine change would be helpful, they will contact the parent or caregiver to discuss this recommendation. Only in rare or emergency situations would any medicine be given without parent or caregiver permission.
Each situation is unique and your child's treatment team will let you know the exact day of discharge for your child.
Parents are unable to stay overnight on our unit, but are welcome during visiting hours.
If a school consent form was signed allowing us to talk to the child's school, our teachers will take care of notifying the school to get the excused absence or credit for days while an inpatient.
When a child is committed here by a judge, the sheriff might drive the child here. However, in order to discharge a patient, we ask the judge to end the commitment. Then, it is the parent or caregiver's responsibility to arrange transportation back home.
No, we are an acute care hospital. Any discussion of going somewhere else instead of home would be with your local community agencies. We do share the community agencies' philosophy that all efforts should first be made to support a child in remaining with his or her family whenever possible.
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Charleston, SC 29425