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Scope of Services: Psychiatric

    BUCC Psychiatric Services: Scope of Service

    Baylor University Psychiatric Services welcomes students to discuss their interest in receiving psychiatric services with one of our clinical staff in a triage appointment. When appropriate, students may continue treatment (which is primarily medication management) with our provider. Due to limited staff resources, students may be referred to community psychiatrists for ongoing medical care or (those with mild symptoms) may be referred to primary care providers. Psychotherapy, often a necessary part of treatment in addition to medication management, may be provided by BUCC Counseling Services or by community therapists. Whether students are eligible to receive psychotherapy services at BUCC or are referred to community resources is determined by the BUCC Counseling Scope of Services. Typical problems addressed by BUCC psychiatric services include:

    1. Mood Disorders
    2. Adjustment disorders, Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar disorder

    3. Anxiety Disorders
    4. Social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder

    5. Trauma/Assault
    6. Recent assault, acute or post traumatic stress disorder

      Some students may benefit from seeing a psychiatric provider outside of the BUCC system. These students may need more access to their psychiatrist (e.g. during holiday breaks or in the even of a psychiatric crisis), or may need more specialized services than we are able to offer (e.g. substance abuse treatment). These referrals may occur after the initial consultation appointment, or may occur as these factors may become more apparent during treatment. The most common types of referrals include:

      1. Individuals who may no longer need the specialized care of a psychiatrist, and appropriately could be maintained on medication by a primary care provider, as indicated by:
        • a. Students who have been psychiatrically stable for a semester on a single medication
        • b. Students who have mild symptoms or no history of hospitalization or more intensive interventions.

      2. Individuals who may need more intensive psychiatric interventions, as indicated by:
        • a. Recent or recurrent hospitalizations
        • b. Recurrent noncompliance, including if a student has not followed recommendations to participate in ongoing psychotherapy
        • c. Recent residential treatment
        • d. Consistently needs weekly or biweekly monitoring.
        • e. Active substance dependence
        • f. Thought disorders (e.g. Psychotic disorders, schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, delusional disorders)

      Students who are under the care of a psychiatrist in their hometown are encouraged to continue treatment with that provider whenever possible.

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