Aspire Hospital Behavioral Health Services consist of a 24-bed short-term, acute care psychiatric unit and a 4-bed medical unit, located in Conroe, Texas.
Aspire Hospital admits patients ages 18 and above who are experiencing acute psychiatric symptoms as a result of numerous diagnoses including but not limited to:
- mood and affect disorders
- psychotic disorders
- chemical dependency detox
- extreme anxiolytic disorders
This may also include such diagnosis as major depressive disorders, alcohol and or other drug withdrawal, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, etc.
Facility and Staff
Our facility is licensed in the State of Texas and is accredited by The Joint Commission and certified by Medicare.
Physician staff includes not only psychiatrists, but also medical physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, who complete our history and physical examinations and respond to any medical issues that may arise during any given patient stay.
Aspire Hospital also employs licensed registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, certified nurses’ aides and technicians, licensed social workers, licensed activity/recreational therapists, a registered dietitian and 24-hour pharmacy services which consist of a licensed pharmacist and a licensed pharmacy technician.
The holidays are upon us again and for a lot of people this brings about feelings of sadness and anxiety. We would like to think that it’s a festive time for sharing and giving with family and friends, but it can bring “the blues.”
Reasons for feeling blue around the holidays are numerous. Fatigue, due to holiday activity, family tensions and financial issues can prevail. Holidays can bring unrealistic expectations and sadness over memories of a deceased loved one or sadness over a loved one who can not be home for the holidays.
There are many ways to help you cope with holiday blues:
- If you will be alone for the holidays, you can beat the blues by volunteering your time to help someone else. Taking the focus off yourself and putting the focus on others can make you feel better. For example, you can visit residents at local nursing facilities and help brighten their day.
- If you have too much to do to prepare for the holidays, delegate tasks to family or friends so that you do not get overwhelmed. There are often expectations that everything must be perfect around the holidays and, of course, that is rarely obtained. You can set realistic goals and pace yourself during the busy holiday season so that you do not get overwhelmed.
- If you do feel overwhelmed, take some quiet time for yourself. Find a quiet place to recharge your energy. Don’t be disappointed if the holidays are not like they use to be. You can create new family traditions to help you cope with what you felt was an ideal holiday from years ago. It is easy to overindulge around the holidays, so be careful about over eating and excessive drinking.
- If you do feel down for a sustained period of time, don’t try to toughen it out alone. Talk to a family member, church member or friend and let them know how you feel. Holiday tensions can lead to full blown clinical depression for many people.
The National Institute of Mental Health suggests that you seek professional help if you experience five or more of the symptoms listed below every day for two weeks or more. If you have recurring thoughts of death or suicide, you should seek help immediately.
- Persistent sad, anxious, or empty feeling
- Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
- Decreased energy, fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
- Insomnia, early morning awakening, or over sleeping
- Appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain
- Restlessness, irritability
- Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain
For more information, please contact Aspire Hospital today.
Carol Gooch is a 2003 Leadership Montgomery County graduate and has shown commitment to the community through her involvement with many organizations. Carol was voted as one of Montgomery County’s top 10 most influential women in business in 2010. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Montgomery County Association of Business Women which began in 2005. She has earned respect by leading with professionalism, integrity and excellence. Carol is on the board of directors for MCWCO and serves as their vice president. She was nominated as one of Montgomery County’s Women of Distinction in 2011 and 2014.
Carol has devoted most of her career to educating and empowering others. She has been a school teacher, school counselor and had a private practice as a psychotherapist. Carol is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has worked professionally in the Montgomery County area in mental health since 1988. She has been a presenter as well as a member of many local, state and national organizations. Carol has been the Director of Business Development at Aspire Hospital in Conroe, Texas, since 2011.