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Intensive outpatient mental health treatment available

Experts say people suffering from mental health issues don't need hospitalization, but do need care. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Experts say people suffering from mental health issues don't need hospitalization, but do need care.

Mission Health now offers a structured intensive outpatient program for patients dealing with everything fromPTSD to anxiety to depression.

Michael Foley, 44, sought help after a drunk driver crashed into him 18 months ago.

Foley required five surgeries and was out of work for eight months.

Patients come to the program with a variety of issues.

"For some individuals, it may be mood problems of various sorts," explained Dr. Britt peterson, a psychiatrist. "Some people may have an episode of clinical depression."

Foley added, "I had a lot of depression. I just kept telling myself 'I can get out of it. I can get out of it. I just need to go to work.'"

Foley said the program has taught him to accept his depression and incorporate coping skills.

That combination has allowed him to work and provide for his family while still getting treatment.

Referrals to the programs often come from a primary care physician, but self-referral is possible.

For more information, call 828-213-4696.

Private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid are accepted.


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