The Department of Adolescent Psychiatry provides outpatient care for 14 to 19 year-olds, and inpatient care for 13 to 17-year-old adolescents suffering from serious mental problems and, in many cases, from impaired psychosocial functioning. Most common mental health problems include serious depression, self-destructive behaviour, anxiety, eating disorders, impaired sense of reality, as well as complicated neuropsychiatric problems and mental traumas.
Treatment methods include individual, group, family and network therapy, and drug therapy. Motivation and commitment by the adolescent patients and their families have a significant effect on the treatment outcomes.
Patients need a referral from a physician to be admitted for examinations and treatment. When necessary, the treatment is implemented in close co-operation between inpatient and outpatient care including co-operation with parents.
Outpatient and inpatient care
The outpatient care units of adolescent psychiatry are located in Kuopio and Siilinjärvi. The team of the efficient outpatient care is part of Alava outpatient clinic. This team gives also services to patient's home.
Inpatient care is required in serious, acute mental crises and demanding examinations of the mental status.
The adolescent's mental health, social situation, psychosocial functioning, and physical status are examined, if necessary, at the adolescent psychiatry wards. Two adolescent psychiatry wards and a hospital school operate at the Julkula Hospital.