Bethany is excited to provide behavioral health services for treatment of a broad range of mental health conditions, including treatment for substance abuse disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other serious mental illnesses. Services are provided in the outpatient setting. General and psychiatric mental health services are provided as an integral part of primary care

50% of mental illness begins by age 14

Major mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder rarely appear “out of the blue.” Most often family, friends, or individuals themselves begin to recognize small changes or a feeling that “something is not quite right”

Learning about developing symptoms, or early warning signs, can help. Early intervention can help reduce the severity of an illness. It may even be possible to delay or prevent a major mental illness altogether.

Signs & Symptoms

If several of the following are occurring, it may be useful to follow up with a mental health professional.

  • Sleep or appetite changes — Dramatic sleep and appetite changes or decline in personal care
  • Mood changes — Rapid or dramatic shifts in emotions or depressed feelings
  • Withdrawal — Recent social withdrawal and loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed
  • Drop in functioning — An unusual drop in functioning, at school, work or social activities, such as quitting sports, failing in school or difficulty performing familiar tasks
  • Problems thinking — Problems with concentration, memory or logical thought and speech that are hard to explain
  • Increased sensitivity — Heightened sensitivity to sights, sounds, smells or touch; avoidance of over-stimulating situations
  • Apathy — Loss of initiative or desire to participate in any activity
  • Feeling disconnected — A vague feeling of being disconnected from oneself or one’s surroundings; a sense of unreality
  • Illogical thinking — Unusual or exaggerated beliefs about personal powers to understand meanings or influence events; illogical or “magical” thinking typical of childhood in an adult
  • Nervousness — Fear or suspiciousness of others or a strong nervous feeling
  • Unusual behavior – Odd, uncharacteristic, peculiar behavior

One or two of these symptoms alone can’t predict a mental illness but may indicate a need for further evaluation. If a person is experiencing several at one time and the symptoms are causing serious problems in the ability to study, work or relate to others, he/she should be seen by a physician or mental health professional. People with suicidal thoughts or intent, or thoughts of harming others, need immediate attention.

Talk about it:

  • Have an evaluation by a mental health or other health care professional.
  • Learn about mental illness, including signs and symptoms.
  • Receive supportive counseling about daily life and strategies for stress management.

Recognize that stigma may pose a significant barrier to seeking help.

Your individual situation must be assessed carefully, and treatment will be individualized.  Treatment to prevent early symptoms from progressing can include ongoing individual and group therapy, vocational and educational support, participation in a multi-family problem-solving group, and medication when appropriate.

Learning about mental illness and what is happening in the brain can help individuals and families understand the significance of symptoms, how an illness might develop and what can be done to help.

Conditions we treat:

  • ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum, Posttraumatic and Dissociative Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Mood Disorders: Depression, Bipolar
  • Neurocognitive Disorders: Dementia
  • Personality Disorders
  • Psychotic Disorders: Schizophrenia
  • Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders
  • Sleep-Wake Disorders
  • Substance-Related Disorders: Suboxone Treatment
  • Sexual Dysfunctions
  • Tobacco-Related Disorders
  • Abuse and Neglect

Tina Okonkwo, FNP-C

PSYCHIATRY 

PRACTICE INFORMATION 

Bethany Medical Center at Kimel Forest
160 Kimel Forest Dr.
Winston Salem NC 27103 

Bethany Medical at West Market Street
3801 W. Market Street
Greensboro, NC 27407

Monday to Thursday 8:00am-6:00pm 

PHONE 336.883.0029
FAX 336.883.0867