Sixteen-year-old “Maggie,” from Rockville, attempted suicide last fall by ingesting a lethal dose of ibuprofen. She survived, but she continued to struggle with suicidal thoughts, severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) until her mother sought help.

After receiving inpatient treatment at Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services in Rockville, Maggie transitioned to Adventist’s Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), which provides intensive therapeutic support to teens during the day while allowing them to return home at night. Patients in the PHP typically have behavioral health conditions such as depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, PTSD and a history of suicidal behavior. According to Pavan Segal, MD, director of the Adolescent PHP, up to 25 percent of teens admitted to the program have previously attempted suicide.

“The PHP can be utilized to help patients successfully transition from inpatient treatment to the community or to prevent acute behavioral health crises that often lead to inpatient hospitalization,*” Dr. Segal explains. The program, which is offered Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., consists of structured group therapy, psychoeducation and medication management. Patients learn the root cause of their behaviors and how to safely express their emotions and avoid triggers that might lead to high-risk behaviors.

Today, Maggie has shown remarkable progress in her path to recovery. She is back home with her family and continues to see a therapist once a week in Adventist’s Outpatient Wellness Clinic.


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*A quote from Dr. Pavan Segal was incorrectly written as “The PHP can be utilized to help patients successfully transition from inpatient treatment to help the community or to prevent acute behavioral health episodes such as suicidal thoughts that would require inpatient treatment.” It should have read “The PHP can be utilized to help patients successfully transition from inpatient treatment to the community or to prevent acute behavioral health crises that often lead to inpatient hospitalization.”