Depression is a chronic medical illness that causes a persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest, and can lead to a range of emotional and physical problems. The condition may be referred to as major depression, clinical depression, or major depressive disorder (MDD). People with depression are often at increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and obesity.
Doctors currently treat clinically depressed people with a variety of more than 20 Food and Drug Administration-approved medications, which can reduce symptoms for about two-thirds of those treated. UT Southwestern Medical Center physicians offer patients access to traditional treatments as well as the opportunity to participate in clinical trials for the latest innovations in depression treatment.
Our Psychosocial Research and Depression Clinic seeks to understand how psychosocial factors and treatments influence the course of mood and related disorders. The goal is to create new knowledge and treatments that will reduce the suffering of those with recurrent atypical depression, using cognitive therapy for preventing relapses, and ultimately, through interdisciplinary collaboration, produce a cure.
The Clinic was established in 1989 for the express purposes of:
In short, we evaluate the role of psychosocial (i.e., psychological, attitudinal, social, and interpersonal) factors and interventions on the course of depression.
Our interdisciplinary team enjoys international and national collaboration and includes psychologists, psychiatrists, biostatisticians, research associates, private practitioners, nurses, physician’s assistants, trainees, and administrators.
To schedule an appointment at UT Southwestern's facilities in Dallas or for more information about our depression services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.