While a tragedy, teen suicide rarely makes the news. It is most often experienced privately by families and friends who may struggle for years with grief and unanswered questions, including the inevitable, “Why?”
Treating a child with mental health issues is a family affair at UAMS. Whether the child needs inpatient services or can be treated in an outpatient setting, mental health specialists place an emphasis on involving the whole family.
Arkansas has a serious drug problem that started with a prescription pad and a doctor’s signature. Prescription drug abuse has surpassed the use of illicit drugs, and Arkansas ranks first of all states in non-medical use of prescription pain relievers.
Leigh Ann Jones began her journey into addiction when she was 13. Her journey ended more than 25 years later at the Center for Addiction Services and Treatment in the UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute.
The Walker Family Clinic, the outpatient arm of UAMS’ Psychiatric Research Institute, provides therapy for a host of mental health disorders, but the one thing common to all treatment is where it starts — with a rigorous assessment.
The changes in the teenage girl’s brain were clearly evident in the brain scan. One MRI was taken before being treated for trauma resulting from sexual abuse, the other after receiving trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy.
As a health care system that includes outpatient clinics, inpatient care and emergency services, UAMS is in a unique position to begin moving toward a new kind of health care delivery — one that centers around the patients’ and families’ needs to bring better care at a lower cost.