Psychiatry is a medical specialty that specializes in diagnosing and treating mental health disorders. Psychiatrists are mental health professionals that can prescribe medications as a form of treatment for mental health conditions.
TexomaCare adult and adolescent psychiatrists treat a variety of psychological disorders, including anxiety and depression disorders, and other mental health issues. They also provide forms of psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy and prescription medications.
Mental health is at the center of all our treatment services. The treatment process at the TMC Behavioral Health Center begins with a complete diagnosis and evaluation that includes:
- Clinical interview
- Physical examination
- Social and psychological assessments
- Special therapeutic and addictions evaluation
- Psychiatric evaluation
The TMC Behavioral Health Center offers inpatient and outpatient treatment options depending on your needs. Our inpatient program offers additional mental health services including:
- An intensive, therapeutic structure
- Psychiatric and crisis stabilization
- Customized treatment plans for each individual
- 24-hour nursing care
- Discharge planning
Conditions We Treat
Our adolescent and adult psychiatrists aim to help those struggling with a wide range of mental health issues including:
Anxiety disorders are the most common emotional disorders. They affect more than 25 million Americans, according to the American Psychiatric Association. Many forms of anxiety disorders exist and have varying symptoms. Anxiety treatment is very personal and is unique to every patient.
We treat a wide range of anxiety disorders including:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
GAD is the most common type of anxiety disorder. This disorder causes a persistent and intense worry about numerous things in a person’s life. While occasional concern about everyday life is normal, a person with GAD is frequently preoccupied with money, health, family, work and other issues.
A person with GAD has difficulty controlling their worry. They anticipate the worst even in circumstances that don’t warrant reason for concern.
GAD is commonly treated with a combination of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) and talk therapy.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. A traumatic event could be a serious accident, a terrorist act, war or combat, or rape or other violent personal assault.
A person with PTSD may “relive” the traumatic event through distressing recollections, flashbacks and nightmares. Other common symptoms include persistent and extreme emotions like fear, anger or shame. PTSD can also cause physical symptoms such as increased blood pressure and heart rate, nausea and multiple types of pain.
PTSD is typically treated with a combination of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs).
A panic disorder is diagnosed in people who experience sudden and unexpected panic attacks.
A panic attack is a period of intense fear or discomfort that strikes suddenly. This can often happen in familiar places where there is typically nothing that is threatening an individual. Panic disorders are disruptive to a person’s day-to-day life. People with this disorder can often be worried that they will have a panic attack.
When the attack comes, it feels as if there is a real threat to the person and the body reacts accordingly. A panic attack causes an accelerated heart rate, sweat, trembling, shortness of breath, nausea and dizziness.
Panic disorders are typically treated with a combination of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs).
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
OCD is an anxiety disorder in which people have intrusive and recurring obsessive thoughts. These unwanted thoughts, ideas or sensations make them feel driven to do something repetitively.
People with OCD suffer from a cycle of uncontrolled, physical and mental behaviors. Physical behaviors can be hand washing, checking on things or cleaning. Mental behaviors can be unwanted violent thoughts about themselves or others. Both can interfere with a person’s daily activities and social interactions.
OCD is typically treated with a combination of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). Additionally, Exposure and Response Prevention also has strong evidence to be an effective treatment for OCD.
Depression affected about 21 million adults in the United States in 2020 according to the National Institute of Mental Health. In that group, adults between the ages 18-29 experienced symptoms at the highest rate. Depression can set in at any time, but on average, it first appears during the late teens to mid-20s.
It is normal to experience sadness while going through difficult situations such as death of a loved one, job loss or a breakup. However, people with depression experience a much more intense depressed mood even when there are no external stressors. This negatively affects how you feel, how you think and how you act.
Diagnosing and treating depression can be difficult because it presents in different ways. Symptoms of depression vary depending on age and gender. Once diagnosed, depression treatment is unique to every patient.
We treat various types of depressions including:
Major Depression Disorder (MDD)
Major depression disorder affects people through a two-week or longer “episode” or period. Oftentimes, when a person suffers from MDD, they experience multiple episodes of depression in their lifetime. These episodes are disruptive to a person’s everyday life.
A depressive episode is characterized by having at least five symptoms. These affect people most of the day and almost every day. These symptoms include:
- Feelings of sadness, emptiness, shame or hopelessness
- Loss of interest and pleasure in usual activities
- Decrease or increase of appetite
- Decrease or increase of sleep
- Irritability and angry outbursts
- Difficulty concentrating
- Worsening memory
- Lack of energy
- Unexplained pain or headaches
- Recurring thoughts of death and suicidal ideation
MDD is typically treated with a combination of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs).
Postpartum Depression (PPD) and Pregnancy-related Care
PPD is a type of clinical depression that can affect women after they give birth. Approximately one in eight women suffered from PPD symptoms after a recent live birth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Sometimes the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression may feel the same as the “baby blues.” However, instead of going away, they become worse and/or more frequent. PPD has the same symptoms as MDD with the added anxieties of childrearing. These could include difficulty bonding with your baby, fear of not being a good parent and severe panic attacks.
MDD is typically treated with a combination of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and antidepressant medications.
Behavioral disorders are characterized as a pattern of disruptive behaviors. This means that impulsive and compulsive behaviors disrupt your ability to live your day-to-day life. Most behavioral disorders are diagnosed at an early age but can affect you throughout adulthood.
Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD)
Adult ADHD is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity, impulsiveness or a combination of these traits. Symptoms may include an inability to focus, disorganization and restlessness. Adults may have a hard time organizing things, listening to instructions, remembering details or difficulty completing tasks. These symptoms can affect their relationships at home, school and work.
ADHD is typically treated with a combination of behavior therapy and stimulant and non-stimulant medications.
TMC Behavioral Health Center
2601 Cornerstone Drive
Sherman, TX 75092