What is Mental Illness?
Mental illness is…
- when someone experiences changes in thinking, emotion or behavior due to distress and/or not being able to deal with social, work or family activities.
- common and it can affect anyone regardless of gender, age, race, or social status.
- a health condition, just like cancer or heart disease.
- treatable, just like other health conditions.
Addressing the Need for Care
In Northeast Texas, it’s estimated that 85,000 individuals live with a serious mental illness. Over 60% of counties in our region do not have a general psychiatrist, and shortages in the mental health workforce decrease access to care.
A Continuum of Behavioral Health Care
Adult psychiatry at UT Health Northeast is unique because we provide comprehensive and compassionate care in a healing environment. Our team of mental health professionals includes access specialists, nurses, and a number of psychiatrists who are dedicated to helping patients and providing a good service.
The first step to treating mental illness is getting a proper diagnosis. When patients arrive at UT Health, a psychiatrist performs an evaluation to understand symptoms and then develops a treatment plan. Treatment is customized for each patient and can include medication, therapy, or both.
We believe in a continuum of behavioral health care. Whether it’s working with insurance, collaborating with other specialists, making referrals, arranging transportation, or helping with medications, we do what’s in the best interest of our patients.
Conditions We Commonly Treat
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD, ADD)
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Bipolar disorder
- Mood disorders
- Postpartum depression
- Stress response syndromes
- Eating disorders
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Schizophrenia disorders
- Schizoaffective disorders
- Dissociative disorders
- Delusional disorders
- Psychotic disorders
- Dual diagnosis
- Factitious disorders
- Somatic symptom disorders
Dr. Andrews is a licensed psychologist, with board certification in forensic psychology. He works in the Internal Medicine Clinic and in the Center for Healthy Aging. Dr. Andrews works throughout our behavioral health department seeing children and adolescents, adults, and seniors. He is also trained to conduct psychological as well as neuropsychological testing to help assess, diagnose, and treat patients with neurological, medical, developmental, or psychiatric conditions. He has interests in oncology, spirituality, depression, and ethics, and he is a certified alcohol and substance abuse counselor. For over 35 years, Dr. Andrews has also helped people as a hospital chaplain, pastoral counselor, and marriage and family therapist. He has a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, as well as a master’s of divinity and a doctorate in ministry.Referral only
Specialties: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
HealthConnection Episodes: Pre-teen Depression
Dr. Richard Idell is a behavioral health expert who specializes in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry. A native East Texan, Dr. Idell has a special interest in helping patients who have a type of depression that is treatment resistant, known as Treatment-Refractory Depression. His research efforts include new approaches for treating childhood depression, so that young people can live happier, healthier lives.Referral only
Psychiatry and Neurology
Dr. Matthews has practiced psychiatry for 20 years, working in both outpatient and institutional settings. He is board certified in psychiatry and neurology and completed a research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health, part of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Matthews has also been a consultant on NASA studies of the effects of extended bed rest. His expertise is valuable to the acute, residential, and senior behavioral health program at UT Health, and the intensive outpatient program in Longview.Referral only
Dr. Brandon Riley provides care to adults on our inpatient acute behavioral health unit. As an adult psychiatrist, Dr. Riley has a special interest in treating schizophrenia and mood disorders. Dr. Riley doesn’t just provide treatment, but he gets to know his patients by working with them one on one. He believes this relationship building is the first step to improving behavioral health. Dr. Riley grew up in northeast Texas, then graduated medical school from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and went on to complete his residency there.(903) 877-7168
Specialties:Adult Psychiatry /
Dr. Robert Wieck is a board certified psychiatrist in our Adult Psychiatry Clinic. This field of medicine allows him to study the complexity of the brain and use his knowledge to help patients who are struggling with psychiatric illness. Dr. Wieck has a special interest in caring for patients who struggle with trauma-related symptoms and also exploring ways to help make people more resistant to life’s stresses. In his practice, Dr. Wieck believes that the best results are achieved with medication and talk therapy. He encourages patients to be open to all treatment options that may provide relief.Referral only
HealthConnection Episodes: PTSD
As a psychiatrist, Dr. Arunditi Xantus has worked with adult and adolescent patients for nearly a decade. She dedicates her skill and expertise to treating patients on our inpatient adult acute behavioral health unit. Dr. Xantus received her doctorate of medicine from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Our adult psychiatry clinic is located in a professional environment that promotes healing. In emergencies, our care team is available 24/7 to help patients.
When it comes to medication, UT Health has an outpatient pharmacy where prescriptions can be filled at a discounted rate.
UT Health accepts Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and most commercial insurances.