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Adult and Senior Mental Health

Getting the help you need

Our adult and senior psychiatric services staff members know that skillful, thorough and timely care in the lives of patients and families leads to improved health.

That's why our assessment and treatment services are comprehensive. Our treatment team is well trained and includes interdisciplinary team members. And, our treatment approach spans from outpatient to inpatient to transitional care.

Adult Mental Health

We provide treatment and support for adults experiencing emotional or psychiatric difficulties such as:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Dual diagnosis (mental illness and substance abuse)
  • Organic personality disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Schizophrenia

Adult Mental Health Warning Signs

If you or a loved one experience the warning signs listed below, please contact a mental health professional to find out if a psychological evaluation is needed.

  • Marked personality change
  • Persistent sadness, unexplained crying
  • Inability to cope with problems and daily activities
  • Strange grandiose ideas
  • Panic attacks, anxieties
  • Talk about death, suicide threats and attempts
  • Extreme highs or lows
  • Memory loss, confusion, disorientation
  • Withdrawal from formerly enjoyable activities and relationships
  • Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, helplessness
  • Irritability
  • Marked change in eating or sleeping patterns
  • Abuse of alcohol or drugs
  • Excessive anger, hostility or violent behavior

Senior Mental Health 

Our treatment team also has expertise to treat older adults for the additional unique issues they often face.

  • Forgetfulness
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Withdrawal from friends or activities
  • Decreased energy and fatigue

All of these are often thought to be part of growing older. But they may be signs of a treatable mental health condition.

Senior Mental Health Factors & Warning Signs

Many factors can lead to mental health concerns in older adults, such as:

  • Stress and loss: the loss of loved ones, health, physical abilities, financial stability
  • Genetics: some people have a biological vulnerability that may be triggered due to the aging process
  • Medical conditions: conditions such as heart disease, cancer and nutrition deficiencies can create symptoms of mental health conditions; some medications may cause interactions leading to mood changes

Treatment Options


At the Bryan Counseling Center, you'll find experienced, compassionate counselors and a full range of outpatient services to support you and your family. Services include:

  • Individual and family counseling for all ages
  • Psychological evaluations for bariatric surgery, spinal cord stimulation, memory disorders, etc.
  • Transitional services from mental health inpatient and partial hospitalization to outpatient counseling

For more information on services or to schedule an appointment, call the Bryan Counseling Center at 402-481-5991, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Partial Hospitalization

This option provides therapy and treatment for people who need more attention than seeing a mental health professional weekly but do not need around-the-clock inpatient hospitalization. Treatment takes place in the Bryan Counseling Center during the day; you return home in the evening. Length of stay is about three to five days, based on treatment progress.

Inpatient Hospitalization

This is the most appropriate option for those who have difficulty managing behaviors without the monitoring, support and safety an inpatient environment provides. Following an assessment, an interdisciplinary team will work with you to develop a treatment plan and achieve treatment goals. This plan includes individual and group therapies as well as physical, biological, behavioral, nutritional, spiritual and social aspects to best meet each person's needs. Our goal is to provide treatment in a short-stay setting, and transition patients and families to the ongoing care and/or support needed. The average length of stay is three days.

Inpatient care takes place on three separate units. Each unit is designed with patient safety and comfort in mind.

Affective disorders unit – Patients on this unit benefit from a "cognitive therapy" model which includes individual and group therapy. These methods focus on developing insight and overcoming individual difficulties. This includes, but is not limited to, eliminating negative thought patterns, building therapeutic relationships and reducing uncomfortable emotions.

Senior mental health unit – The Bryan senior mental unit, the only one of its kind in the region, includes a specialized treatment team and facility for those 55 and older. Services include crisis stabilization; individual, group and family therapy; recreational, occupational and physical therapy; and medication management.

Adult psychiatric unit – This unit provides care for individuals with a variety of mental health difficulties. Services include crisis stabilization; individual, group and family therapy; recreational, occupational and physical therapy; and medication management.

Before dismissal, aftercare options are discussed with the patient and family, patient appointments are made, and long-range treatment goals are reinforced.

Get the Help You Need

For information on treatment options or to schedule an appointment with a counselor, call the Bryan Counseling Center, 402-481-5991.

For crisis assistance, go to the Bryan West Campus, mental health emergency department, 2300 S. 16th St.

How to Reach Us

All mental health services are provided at Bryan West Campus, 2300 S. 16th St.

Counseling Center: Use the main entrance to Bryan West Campus and take connecting hallway to the Professional Office Building. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Emergency mental health care: Provided in the Bryan West Campus, mental health emergency department 24 hours a day.

Visiting Hours

8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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