The psychiatric department at East Alabama Medical Center serves patients of all ages. The children’s unit, which serves youngsters from age 3-10, has a cartoon-character decor with a child-friendly classroom for learning and relaxing. Meanwhile, the adolescent unit treats youths from age 11-17 in an atmosphere conducive to their lifestyle. Classes are taught to keep the students on schedule with their regular schooling, and various games are played to help build individual and team skills. Separate units are also employed for our adult and senior adult (age 65 and older) patients, as the treatment procedures and environments differ from age group to age group.
In addition to psychiatrists, other members of the treatment teams include psychologists, recreational therapists, psychotherapists, psychiatric nurses, social workers and mental health associates. These members implement treatment plans and monitor patient progress toward treatment goals.