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Wellness Community

An apartment community bringing a level of compassionate mental health and medical services to persons with behavioral and associated medical conditions in the 7-county Victoria region. More...

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Are Your Children Over-Scheduled and Over-Stressed?

Several recent studies provide evidence contradictory to the reports that our children are over worked with homework and sports and music schedules after school hours. The message seems to be clear: Children who are involved in roughly twenty hours of activity after are able to do their homework and have higher self esteem and are more outgoing and confident. More...

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Sleep Disorders

Over 2 million people struggle from sleep disorders. We can have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep or both. A barrage of thoughts often haunts us through the night, “I can’t believe I can’t fall asleep, tomorrow’s going to be horrible, please, please, please fall asleep.” The anxiousness grows as we fall further and further from a restful state of mind. More...

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Autism: Identification & Diagnosis

The autism spectrum disorders are difficult to recognize because of their insidious nature. Symptoms come on slowly and gradually and parents are seldom motivated to assume the worst about their children's atypical behavior and symptoms. Most parents do not bring their children in for formal diagnosis until they are between eighteen months & three years of age. More...

 
Welcome to Gulf Bend Center

Our mission
To improve the quality of life of persons and their families
who are challenged with problems related to
mental illness and intellectual & developmental disabilities.

Gulf Bend Center is located at 6502 Nursery Drive, Suite 100 in Victoria, Texas. This is the primary location for Gulf Bend Center's outpatient clinic, crisis screening and assessment services, community support services, and administrative offices.

Gulf Bend Center was created under the Texas Mental Health and Mental Retardation Act of 1965, which established a statewide system of locally, governed public community mental health and IDD centers.

In 1970, after considerable research and planning by community and state leaders, the Center opened its doors to the people of Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Refugio, and Victoria Counties. In 1974, Lavaca County joined the local service area.

Our communities look to us as a provider of services for a very special segment of the population of those persons experiencing mental illness, specifically the serious and persistent mentally ill including persons with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression. The Center also addresses the needs of persons with intellectual functioning & developmental disabilities and related conditions.

Annually, the Center will serve approximately 1,900 adults with mental illness, 550 children and adolescents with an emotional disturbance or mental disorder and 200 persons with developmental disabilities.

 

 
Featured Topics
Abuse. Abuse occurs when people mistreat or misuse other people, showing no concern for their integrity or innate worth as individuals, and in a manner that degrades their well being. More...
Addictions. Addiction is the repeated involvement with a substance or activity, despite the substantial harm it now causes, because that involvement was (and may continue to be) pleasurable and/or valuable. More...
Addictions: Alcohol and Substance Abuse. People who become addicted to alcohol/drugs are gradually introduced and desensitized to them over a period of time. More...
ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This topic center provides a detailed description of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), its causes, symptoms and treatments. ADHD is a neurological disorder that develops during childhood and can persist into adulthood. More...
Alzheimers Disease and other Cognitive Disorders. This topic center provides information on Alzheimer's Dementia, other forms of dementia, traumatic brain injuries, and other cognitive disorders such as Delirium, all of which cause problems with thinking, memory, attention, judgment and emotion regulation. More...
Anxiety Disorders. In this topic center you'll find information on the Anxiety Disorders, including phobia (social anxiety, agoraphobia, etc.), panic disorder, generalized anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. More...
Autism. This topic center provides a comprehensive overview of causes and treatments for Autism, a brain disease characterized by the presence of severe communication, language and social deficits in affected persons. More...
Bipolar Disorder. Bipolar Disorder causes people to swing between extreme, severe and typically sustained mood states which affect their energy levels, attitudes, behavior and ability to function. More...
Child & Adolescent Development: Overview. An overview of child development theories from a developmental psychological point of view. Reviewed theorists include freud, kohlberg, erikson, piaget, bronfenbrenner More...
Depression: Major Depression & Unipolar Varieties. This topic center is a comprehensive overview of the unipolar mood disorders with an emphasis on the causes of and treatments for depression. More...
Financial Issues. A primer on personal finance addressing important aspects of money management. More...
Intellectual Disabilities. The terms "intellectual disability" and "intellectual developmental disorder," (formerly mental retardation) are two diagnostic labels with nearly identical meanings; i.e., they each describe a set of difficulties associated with limited mental abilities such as reasoning, planning, abstract thinking, judgment, academic learning (the ability to learn in school via traditional teaching methods), and experiential learning (the ability to learn by trial and error, or by observation). More...
Mental Disorders. In this family of topic centers, you will find information concerning various mental disorders. More...
Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders. Obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders are a group of similar psychiatric disorders. These disorders are characterized by repetitive thoughts, distressing emotions, and compulsive behaviors. The specific types of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors vary according to each disorder. More...
Oppositional Defiant Disorder. ODD is a developmental disorder diagnosed in children who display extreme disobedient behavior. More...
Personality Disorders. This topic center provides a comprehensive overview of the personality disorders, which are pervasive and chronic psychological and relational problems associated with rigid, inflexible interpersonal behavior and social coping deficits. More...
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Acute Stress Disorder is an anxiety disorder which may involve dissociation that occurs in the wake of exposure to traumatic events. This topic center provides an overview of the causes, symptoms and treatments for PTSD. More...
Schizophrenia. A comprehensive overview of the nature and treatment of Schizophrenia, a brain disease associated with psychosis (hallucinations and delusions), and disorganized behavior. More...
Sleep Disorders. Troubled sleep may be a sign of emotional or physical disorders and something you should talk about with a doctor or sleep specialist. More...
Stress Reduction and Management. A comprehensive overview of how to reduce stress. We cover the nature of stress, and the many different methods people can use to reduce and manage their stress. More...
Suicide. A comprehensive overview of Suicide, addressing the nature of suicide, what to do if you are suicidal, and how to help friends or family members who are suicidal. More...
Wellness and Personal Development. Wellness is a broad topic that includes disease prevention, stress reduction, and even personal, social and spiritual growth. Until quite recently, very little attention was ever paid to helping people who are not ill, disordered or diseased in some way learn how to further enhance the quality of their lives, or prevent the onset of future illness. More...

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Mental Health First Aid
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What Is an Intellectual Disability?
Intellectual disability (formerly mental retardation) is a type of disability that results from a number of genetic and gestational factors, brain injury, and other medical conditions that negatively affect the development of intellectual functioning. More...


Suicide Warning Signs
Every year, 30,000 Americans take their own lives by committing suicide. At least 15% of people with depression complete the act of suicide, but an even higher proportion will attempt it. More...


College Campuses See Rise in Cases of Severe Mental Illness
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Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness characterized by pervasive instability in moods, interpersonal relationships, self-image, and behavior. More...


Costs, Consequences and Cures!
An assessment of the impact of severe mental health and substance abuse disorders on business activity in Texas and the anticipated economic and fiscal return on investment in expanded mental health services. More...





GULF BEND CENTER
6502 Nursery Drive, Suite 100
Victoria, Texas 77904

Hours
Monday - Friday
8 am - 5 pm

24-Hour Crisis Hotline
1 (877) 723-3422
1 (877) SAFEGBC

Phone:
(361) 575-0611
  
Toll Free:
(800) 421-8825
Medical Records Fax: (361) 578-5500
 
Administration Fax: (361) 578-0506

    

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