Coliseum Center for Behavioral Health in Macon, Georgia provides mental health services to assist adults with psychiatric disorders in a safe, nurturing environment. For over 30 years, our mental health specialists and psychiatrists have provided individualized treatment plans for our patients, giving them the best chances of a full recovery and stability.

Don’t suffer in silence. There are real people who can help you through severe depression, thoughts of suicide and other mental illnesses. You can trust the psychiatric care team at Coliseum Center for Behavioral Health to treat you with compassion and respect no matter what the circumstances.

For assessments or to make a referral, call (478) 741-1355 or (800) 548-4221. For all other calls (visitors, business and non-referral), please call (478) 464-1359.

Behavioral health in Macon

Coliseum Health System provides the greater Macon community with extensive behavioral health programs, such as electroconvulsive therapy, mental health services, substance abuse services and a senior center.

Our personalized mental health treatment

In everything we do, confidentiality and sensitivity are always at the forefront of our minds. Whether your treatment is in an intensive inpatient program or intensive outpatient program for substance abuse, we emphasize the importance of individualized care so that you can return to your normal life as quickly as possible.

Utilizing independent, clinical patient-outcomes studies, our psychiatric team has demonstrated significant improvement in patients’ symptoms between admission and discharge.

Our treatment methods include medication management, individual group and family therapies, classes in coping skills and a wide range of therapeutic activities.

Our mental health and substance abuse programs may be what you need if you experience:
  • Feelings of sadness, anxiety or emptiness
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Significant changes in weight or appetite
  • Loss of interest in hobbies or other activities
  • Restless and irritability
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Trouble concentrating, remembering or making decisions

Our mental health services

In a safe and nurturing environment, Coliseum Center for Behavioral Health provides services that meet the needs of adults 18 years or older with psychiatric disorders. With confidentiality and sensitivity, adult psychiatric specialists offer care and treatment that includes medication management, individual, group and family therapies, classes in coping skills and a wide range of therapeutic activities.

Whether your treatment is in an intensive inpatient program or a partial hospitalization program, we emphasize the importance of individualized care so that you can return to your normal life as quickly as possible.

Our inpatient psychiatric program allows patients to begin treatment for behavioral health disorders in an intensive therapeutic environment where they are cared for by a compassionate staff 24/7.

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a modern medical treatment offered at the Coliseum Center for Behavioral Health. It is intended for certain illnesses that have mental or emotional symptoms.

In this treatment, the patient receives brief electrical stimulation to the scalp. The nerve-cell activity releases chemicals in the brain and helps restore normal functioning. Severe depression is the most frequent condition ECT is used to treat for.

While medications and therapy help most people with depression, ECT should only be considered as a treatment option if your physician sees it as plausible for your individual condition. Some patients do not respond to medications, while others cannot tolerate the side-effects. Others whose illness has made them seriously suicidal may require the relief that ECT can provide. Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are some other illnesses that can be helped by ECT.

If you would like to know more about ECT or think you may be a candidate for this service, call (478) 741-1355 or (800) 538-4221.

If you are referring professional, please call (478) 464-8169 to refer your patient for ECT treatment.


ECT is administered by a treatment team of doctors, nurses and anesthesia specialists. ECT is given in a hospital, in a specially-equipped area, either on an inpatient or outpatient basis.

With the patient reclining, a sleeping medication is injected in a vein and the patient falls asleep. A muscle-relaxing medication is then injected while the patient breathes pure oxygen. When the patient's muscles are relaxed, a brief electrical charge is applied to the scalp, stimulating the brain into a seizure that lasts about a minute and is accompanied by release of chemicals from nerves in the brain.

Mild contractions of the muscles occur during the seizure. When the procedure is over, the patient is taken to a recovery area and observed by trained staff until he or she is ready to return home.

ECT is usually given two to three times a week, for a total of approximately six to 12 treatments. Few patients may require more than 12 treatments for maximum benefit.

On awakening from ECT, it is customary for patients to experience some confusion, which generally clears within an hour. Memory for recent events, dates, names of friends, public events, addresses and telephone numbers may not be as good.

In most patients the memory disturbance goes away within a few days or weeks, but it occasionally continues in a mild form for a period of months or longer. Many patients will find that their memories are somewhat hazy for the time that they were ill; the same problem is frequently experienced by depressed patients who do not receive ECT.

There is no evidence that ECT causes brain damage. Patients receiving ECT show no elevation of brain enzymes that are released into the bloodstream when brain damage occurs, such as after a stroke.

The amount of electricity used raises brain temperature less than one tenth of a degree and cannot cause electrical injury. ECT does not cause memory loss in most people. Most importantly, ECT does not interfere with the ability to learn, and many studies have shown better learning after ECT than before it, mainly due to improved concentration from relief of depression.

In a few rare instances, patients have not regained some specific personal memories when tested six months or longer after ECT. Generally, these memories are for events in the months immediately preceding ECT. Memory problems in patients with psychiatric illnesses result more often from medications, incompletely treated illnesses and aging.

Yes. Informed consent for ECT must be obtained in writing after an explanation of the procedure, its potential benefits, risks and side-effects and a description of available alternative treatments. The patient can withdraw his or her consent at any time.

Referrals are made by calling the Coliseum Center for Behavioral Health located on the campus of Coliseum Medical Centers at (478) 741-1355 or (800) 548-4221.

Substance abuse treatment

Substance abuse can destroy the life of an individual with a dependency on alcohol, cocaine, crack, marijuana, ecstasy, amphetamines or prescription medications. It can negatively impact the lives of their family and friends as well.

Coliseum Center for Behavioral Health serves patients with a wide range of chemical dependency problems, including alcohol and drug abuse or dependency. We also treat individuals who have psychiatric problems along with chemical dependency.

From admission to discharge, substance abuse treatment at Coliseum Center for Behavioral Health focuses on family involvement in the recovery process.

Learn more about substance abuse treatment.

Senior care

Our team of professional caregivers is devoted to meeting the needs of older adults experiencing behavioral or mental health disorders and their families. From dementia to depression, you can trust our psychiatrists and caregivers to treat all of our patients with the respect they deserve.

Macon mental health support groups

Bipolar support group

When: Meets every Thursday from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Where: Coliseum Center for Behavioral Health, 340 Hospital Dr., Macon, GA 31217

For more information, call (478) 741-1355.

Our bipolar support group meets weekly to give patients, family and friends more information about this behavioral disorder. This is the perfect program for people who want to better understand how to live more productively with bipolar disorder or how to give support to a loved one who is suffering from bipolar disorder.