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The Mayo Clinic Department of Psychiatry and Psychology plays an essential role in Mayo Clinic’s mission of inspiring hope and contributing to health and well-being by providing the best care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education, and research. Doctors from every medical specialty work together to care for patients at Mayo Clinic, the first and largest integrated not-for-profit group practice in the world. Inpatient units in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology are located in Mayo Clinic Psychiatric Hospital. These units evaluate and treat adults, adolescents, and children with a broad range of acute psychiatric conditions. Each year 1000 patients are treated in the Acute Care Unit, 600 are treated in the Mood Disorders Unit, and 300 in the Medical and Geriatric Psychiatry Unit.
In the hospital, psychiatrists work in integrated teams with internists, psychologists, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, and other specialists to provide comprehensive, coordinated care tailored to the needs of each patient. With Mayo Clinic clinicians from other departments available for consultations as needed, Mayo Clinic Psychiatric Hospital is well-suited to treat complex, challenging cases.
Mayo Clinic Depression Center offers comprehensive, evidence-based evaluation and treatment for people with depression or bipolar disorder. Programs in the center span the spectrum of intensive inpatient treatment to outpatient consultations, with care provided by an integrated team of Mayo Clinic psychiatrists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, social workers, and other specialists with expertise in mood disorders. In 2011, 900 patients were seen in the Mayo Clinic Depression Center.
Treatment in Mayo Clinic Depression Center, which is tailored to the needs of each patient, is based on an initial evaluation that may include self-rating scales, neuroimaging, genotyping, neuroendocrine and neurophysiological assessments, and other measures. A range of treatment options is potentially available, including electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), or participation in a clinical trial.
The center also works closely with other areas in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology and across Mayo Clinic to treat patients who have mood disorders associated with chronic pain, addictions, pregnancy or the postpartum period, obesity (pursuing bariatric surgery), Parkinson disease (pursuing deep brain stimulation), and other diseases.