Psychiatric care plays an important role in our multidisciplinary approach to patient care. Caring for a patient’s emotional side is just as important as treating physical illnesses and diseases. Mental health care can help improve speech and recovery for medical and surgical patients, shorten the duration of an illness, speed recovery time, and sustain the recovery.

Offering mental health services since 1943, UT Southwestern Medical Center is one of the premier centers in the world for the study, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health and addictive disorders.

Our board-certified psychiatrists are respected by their peers as authorities on all types of mental health problems such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders. Our doctors have a deep knowledge of psychiatric illnesses, how symptoms express themselves and organize into diseases, and how to treat those symptoms and diseases.

We offer excellence in virtually all areas pertinent to modern psychiatric practice, ranging from psychoanalysis to neurobiology to psychiatric epidemiology. This includes areas rarely found in psychiatry departments such as medical ethics, health economics, family systems studies, psychotherapy research, the growth of nerve cells (neurogenesis), and hormone fluctuations and their relationship to behavior (psychoneuroendocrinology).

Each year, we treat thousands of patients at our inpatient and outpatient facilities. Outpatient services help people who experience problems with work or 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.

Leaders in Research

Patients also benefits from our research. Our work in the neuroendocrinology of mood, brain imaging of addictive disorders, the neurobiology of sleep and appetite, and the cognitive neuroscience of stress produces a picture of disorders and treatments that spans psychiatry's distinct domains.

Our clinical trials give patients access to treatments that are available years before they’re offered to the general public. Research studies may offer free evaluation and treatment for qualified patients.