MedStar Washington Hospital Center provides full-time, on-site psychiatric care and consultation for patients with co-existing medical and psychiatric disorders. The consult-liaison team works at the request of the medical staff to help diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders that may be the primary reason for hospitalization or a significant co-existing illness.
Consult-liaison psychiatry looks at the whole person. While each individual is affected differently, the illness impacts others in their lives. It affects people’s families, their social life and even interactions at work.
We diagnose and treat:
- Delirium (confusion)
- Major depression
- Anxiety disorders
- Alcohol and other substance addictions
- Suicide attempts
- Psychotic disorders
Psychiatric care involves a thorough assessment of the patient’s history and complaints. This may include other family or significant others who can provide additional information regarding behavior and illness.