Behavioral health center in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

At Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, we believe that mental health is a crucial component to a person's overall health. At our behavioral health center, we offer inpatient and outpatient treatments to help patients regain a sense of control and stability.

Our mental health professionals engage patients in individual and group therapy sessions. Additionally, electroconvulsive therapy is available, if needed and recommended by a physician.

For more information or for a referral, please contact team 24/7 at (850) 315-8000.

Inpatient mental health care

Our hospital offers an on-site, 48-bed inpatient psychiatric unit called the Psychiatric Treatment Center. This unit is split into two separate 24-bed acute care units.

Inpatient behavioral health services are available for patients 18 years old and older. Our mental health professionals work to stabilize patients who are in crisis and prepare them for continued care outside of an inpatient setting.

Outpatient mental health care

We offer two programs for patients in need of structured outpatient behavioral health care but not an inpatient hospital stay.

Our intensive outpatient program (IOP) and partial hospitalization program (PHP) allow patients to receive individualized care while maintaining everyday activities, including work, school and family life.

To determine if one of our outpatient programs is right for you, call us for a free, confidential screening at (850) 315-8009.

Electroconvulsive therapy

We offer specialized treatment for patients through electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), when appropriate. ECT is available in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Referrals for ECT treatment are based on patient diagnosis, symptoms, medical history, potential risks, potential benefits and patient preference.

Patients who may benefit from ECT

There are several clinical reasons why a patient may undergo ECT, such as:

  • A need for rapid intervention
  • Adverse or unavoidable effects from other forms of treatment
  • Failure to be effectively treated through medications

ECT may also be beneficial for patients with certain psychiatric conditions, including:

  • Bipolar depression
  • Bipolar mania with depression
  • Catatonia
  • Psychosis
  • Refractory depression
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • Schizophrenia