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Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine

Comprehensive Mental & Behavioral Health Care

When you are living with a mental or behavioral health issue, it can be difficult to participate in daily activities or to enjoy life. You may avoid going to work, miss out family time, or damage close relationships with family and friends. You may also experience health problems.

Whether your needs are urgent, ongoing or related to another medical condition, our goal is to help you get back to living life to the fullest. Our team includes psychiatrists, advanced practitioners, psychologists, licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists—all working together to provide you with personalized, high-quality care.

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Conditions We Treat

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center’s Division of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine can help. We care for adults with a full range of psychiatric, psychological and behavioral health conditions, including:

  • Addiction problems
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Coping with mental illness of family members
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Mood disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Relationship problems
  • Stress-related conditions

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Comprehensive Services & Integrated Care

We are a hospital-based, outpatient program for adults with complex medical and psychiatric needs in a single care setting. This is a unique service within our community. Our psychiatry and behavioral health specialists coordinate your evaluation and treatment, along with medical and surgical specialists, to provide whole-person care.

This multidisciplinary, integrated care model enables us to offer a broad variety of quality services, including:

  • Outpatient care
  • Psychiatric care for those with acute and chronic medical conditions
  • Psychopharmacological evaluation and treatment
  • Referrals to community resources
  • Stress management

Beth Israel Lahey Health Behavioral Services — one of the largest, most comprehensive, community-based psychiatric organizations in eastern Massachusetts — is also available to connect you with system-wide options when needed.

Teaching & Research

The Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship Program, jointly run by the departments of Neurology and Psychiatry, is committed to training the next generation of clinical and academic experts in the diagnosis and management of brain disorders.

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Appointments

We work directly with your Lahey Health primary care provider to ensure you receive care when and where you need it.

Appointments can be made through your primary care provider’s office or by calling 781-744-8013. Routine visits are scheduled for the closest appointment time possible.

Fax: 781-744-5235

Referrals

Referrals are received from a number of different sources:

  • Direct from Primary Care Providers (PCP): typically a phoned or faxed request for evaluation along with a provisional presenting problem. These requests are made with a suggested time frame. If non-urgent they are booked for an initial evaluation. If urgent the patient is called by a triage nurse, assessed and booked as needed into urgent or emergent appointments (described in more detail below).
  • Direct Self Referral: calls are received by the appointment scheduling coordinators (ASC) who schedule patients for new patient evaluations on a next available basis. Urgent care requests are forwarded to the triage nurse for booking or referral as above.
  • Community Referrals: calls and requests for care are received from a broad variety of sources including but not limited to: Community Agencies (e.g. nursing homes); EAP sources (e.g. Polaroid EAP); Insurance Companies (e.g. Pilgrim or Options); Educational Institutions: (e.g. colleges or grade schools). All these referrals are received by the triage nurse and the patient contacted and screened for level of care and acuity before being scheduled with an appropriate clinician.