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Behavioral Healing: October 15, 2011

Emotions, everybody has them, but not everybody feels them in the same way.

“When you have that feeling impact your ability to function day after day after day beyond a week then we’re talking about something more serious and it may very well be a clinical problem,” says Dr. Omar Rieche, Medical Director at the Behavioral Health Center of Lee Memorial Health System.

Earlier this year, Lee Memorial Health System added the Behavioral Health Center to its growing list of services. The intent was to move beyond the medical and look at the individual’s mental needs.

“The diagnoses can range anything from depression, severe anxiety, panic disorder, bipolar disorder including a combination of substance abuse with the depression,” says Dr. Rieche.

The current economic climate contributes to the need for services, but many people who could use help, can’t afford it. The Behavioral Health Center has room for them too.

“It really is a diverse group of patient that we treat, those that are insured and those that are uninsured but trying to help them to fit into some kind of system so that they can get the resources that they need,” says Dr. Rieche.

People can get here in a variety of ways: a referral from their primary care physician, a hospital, even family and friends. Once admitted, they’ll find comprehensive treatment options.

“So while we would be providing perhaps individual outpatient therapy or even family therapy that case manager would also be assisting in linking that person to resources for housing, for work related issues, and other environmental stressors to assist that person in healing,” says Debra Mathews, Director of Operations at the Behavioral Health Center of Lee Memorial Health System.

It’s about getting your groove back, so you can get your life back.

“To really feel like they can function and go back to work, go back to their families to the normal life,” says Dr. Rieche.