It’s not only our bodies that can be affected by illness or injury. There are many diseases and disorders that affect the mind as well. These can show up in the form of behavioral problems – anxiety, depression, and substance abuse, to name a few – that can negatively impact one’s work, health, relationships and life.
The Behavioral Health Services team at University of Miami Hospital offers evaluation and treatment for a broad range of psychiatric disorders for you or your loved ones aged 18 and older. In addition to receiving comprehensive, compassionate care, patients can choose from a wide array of inpatient and outpatient programs that allows them to receive the level of services best suited for their individual needs.
University of Miami Hospital offers free initial assessments, and is the only inpatient psychiatric facility in South Florida which provides private rooms, each with its own bathroom and television. The Hospital is also a private receiving facility for involuntary examinations in compliance with State of Florida Mental Health statutes (commonly referred to as the Baker Act).
Clinical Areas of Specialization:
- Bipolar and Anxiety Disorders
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD
- Alcohol and substance abuse
- Psychotic disorders
- Psychiatric services for children and adolescents, women, geriatric patients and those with HIV/AIDS.
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Interpersonal psychotherapy
- Biofeedback and stress management
Specialized care at UMH
To ensure that all patients receive appropriate care, specific units have been created to meet their individual needs. These include units dedicated to geriatric patients with serious medical conditions, and a newly opened Medical/Psych unit which ensures that each patient receives the appropriate medical and psychological treatment while hospitalized. All units provide psychiatric consultations, group therapy, and exercise
Mood Disorders Clinic
The Hospital’s Mood Disorders Clinic serves high-functioning patients who have been diagnosed with disorders including, among others:
- Post-partum depression
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
Treatment for Depression
The Behavioral Health Services team at University of Miami Hospital also specializes in treating patients suffering from severe depression. Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) and Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) are some of the treatments available to patients.
Women’s Mental Health
A University of Miami Hospital team lead by a renowned psychiatrist specializing in women’s mental health issues offers treatment for women facing psychiatric issues such as post-partum depression, pre-menstrual issues, depression resulting from miscarriages, and other OB/GN concerns. For more information, call the Department of Psychiatry at 305-243-6400.
Rakesh K. Sharma, M.D.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Faculty
Specialty: Psychiatry - Psychiatry & Neurology