Adult Psychiatry

An estimated 57 million Americans – about one in four adults – suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. 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 have access to the latest scientific findings and treatments for numerous adult psychiatric illnesses. Our goal for all our patients is to help them improve overall function and develop and better quality of life.

Outpatient services are offered for people who experience problems with work, relationships, or who have symptoms such as depression or anxiety. Treatment is accomplished through medication, therapy (individual, group or family), psychoanalysis, or marriage and family counseling.

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
Aerospace psychiatry
A developing branch of psychiatry directed to the unique psychiatric problems that may develop in an aerospace environment
Anxiety, phobias, and panic disorders
A group of disorders that includes panic disorders, social phobia, and generalized anxiety; treated through psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy
Bipolar Disorder
A mood disorder characterized by alternating episodes of depression and mania; initial consultation and evaluation by UT Southwestern’s bipolar specialists; addressed through the latest treatment approaches, including pharmacological and/or alternative or complementary treatments
A common illness, ranging from mild cases that don’t affect daily performance, to severe depression that complicates medical illnesses or disables patients; treated through psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and emerging approaches
Geriatric psychiatry
An area of psychiatry that addresses mood disorders in elders and the management of the emotional and behavioral symptoms of dementia
Memory disorders
A group of disorders that present with memory and other cognitive dysfunction, including changes in memory, attention, language, visuospatial abilities, reasoning, or personality; assessed and treated by UT Southwestern team of geriatric psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, and neurologists
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
A disorder in which the patient is beset with obsessions, compulsions, or both and suffers extreme anxiety or depression; treated through psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
A common condition with widely varied symptoms, including distressing dreams, difficulty with concentration, and an exaggerated startle response; treated through psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, family therapy, and emerging approaches
A potentially disabling chronic illness; treated through psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and emerging approaches