Adult Psychiatry

An estimated 42.5 million Americans – about one in five adults – suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year (SAMHSA). The Department of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center has offered mental health services for adults since 1943. Our psychiatrists, psychologists, and other clinicians provide comprehensive assessments and the latest treatments for mental illness on an inpatient and outpatient basis.


Our physicians and researchers work together to translate our cutting-edge research into evidence-based practices that can help patients improve overall functioning and develop a better quality of life.

Outpatient services are offered for people who experience problems with work and relationships or who have symptoms such as depression or anxiety. Therapeutic approaches include, but are not limited to, medication, psychotherapy (individual, group, or family), marriage or family counseling, supportive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness training as well as treatment-resistant therapeutic approaches such as repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

The illnesses we treat include:

Addiction and substance abuse
A disorder that contributes to many psychiatric conditions and can be an indication of underlying psychiatric illness; addressed by helping the addict deal with cravings and eliminate their use of addictive substances
Adjustment disorder
A disorder in which an individual is struggling with adapting to a particular stressor, such as a major life change or event. Many symptoms are similar to the symptoms of depression or anxiety, including lack of interest, feelings of hopelessness, extreme sadness, and nervousness.
Anxiety, phobias, and panic disorders
A group of disorders that includes panic disorders, social phobia, and generalized anxiety characterized by excessive worry that impacts a persons wellbeing and ability to function in life activities.
Attention deficit disorder
A disorder known to affect a person’s ability to function due to problems with attention, hyperactivity, and/or impulsivity. Symptoms may include distractibility, inability to focus or listen and difficulty following directions or completing tasks.
Bipolar Disorder
A disorder characterized by unstable or fluctuating mood that may include periods of depression and elevated mood. The elevated mood is often called mania, a period in which the individual feels uncharacteristically energetic or restless which may result in impulsive decisions. Signs of a person experiencing a manic episode might include rapid speaking, easy distraction and impulsive, high-risk behavior.
Depression is a common condition that often results in feelings of hopelessness and extreme sadness that can last for weeks or months and impacts a person’s ability to function. Other symptoms include disinterest, loss of appetite; sleeplessness, fatigue and lack of motivation.
Developmental disorder/Fragile X Syndrome
A group of disorders that originate in childhood characterized by delayed or reduced cognitive, motor and/or social skills. These disorders often include psychiatric symptoms such as depression, anxiety, agitation and sleep disorders as well.
Geriatric psychiatry/Memory disorder
A range of psychiatric disorders that occur with aging, including late-life onset depression and symptoms related to dementia/cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
An anxiety disorder in which intrusive thoughts (obsessions) create a feeling of discomfort and apprehension leading to repetitive behaviors (compulsions) believed to reduce the anxiety. Symptoms might include excessive hand washing, repetitive checking, hoarding or an over-focus on thoughts that result in impaired daily function.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
A condition that can develop after a person experiences a traumatic event, such as warfare, injury, or sexual assault. This anxiety disorder has widely varied symptoms, including distressing dreams, difficulty with concentration, an exaggerated startle response and recurring flashbacks.
A mental disorder characterized by disorganized thinking, difficulty differentiating fantasy from reality and impaired social behavior which impacts daily function. Symptoms may include confusion, hallucinations, false beliefs and paranoias. Such symptoms usually develop in early adulthood, and the condition is often accompanied by depression and anxiety disorders.