Department of Psychiatry

Adult


Life can be very stressful. These problems may be a reaction to a sudden stressor like death or divorce, a more longstanding psychiatric illness such as Bipolar Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center has a wide array of programs to help you or your family member cope with these problems.

What can we help you with?

We offer evaluation and treatment for most common psychiatric disorders, including:

Anxiety/Depression
If nervousness or sadness last much of your day and interfere with your life, this could be more than just the normal “blues”. Our clinicians employ a combined treatment package of medication and psychotherapy to assist you with managing your emotions, thoughts and behaviors.


Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depressive Disorder)
Bipolar Disorder is a condition that affects over 2 million Americans. Mania symptoms may include feelings of extreme happiness or irritability, increased energy, and a reduced need for sleep while depressive symptoms can include overwhelming feelings of sadness, a lack of energy and changes in appetite and sleep.


The Department of Psychiatry is a National Institute of Mental Health Center for the study of Bipolar Disorder.  New treatments for mania and depression are available through the Center and the Department’s Mood Division.

Dementia and cognitive disorders
Emotional and memory problems in later life can be a great concern to patients and their families.  Our Geriatrics division offers a comprehensive assessment for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia; we also treat a wide range of psychiatric problems in the elderly.


Marital, Family and Adjustment Issues
Divorce, illness, job change or loss are but a few of the many stressors that can take a toll on our relationships with spouses and children. Individuals can find the stress of career or relationships overwhelming.  The Department has experienced psychologists and social workers who can help you work through these issues.


Substance Use
Effective treatment for substance abuse often includes specific medications. Be Well offers a comprehensive approach to treatment, offering recovery supportive medications, in conjunction with psychotherapy.
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD affects some people who have experienced traumatic events, such as being physically assaulted or seeing a deadly accident. PTSD symptoms include painful memories, nervousness, social withdrawal, and/or nightmares. Counseling approaches, such as Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), have been proven to be effective at treating PTSD for many people. At University Plaza, we have clinicians who are specially trained to provide CPT for people with PTSD.
For more information or to discuss scheduling an evaluation for these services, please call (210) 567-5978.


Suicidal thoughts, emotion dysregulation, and Borderline Personality Disorder
Some people experience feelings more intensely, especially in the context of social relationships. This can create challenges, like difficulty maintaining stable relationships, emotional swings, periods of strong anger, fears of being abandoned by others, and sometimes urges to self-harm of commit suicide. Some individuals with these difficulties receive a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. At University Plaza, we provide a range of special services designed particularly for individuals struggling with emotional sensitivity. Services include Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) group skills training, DBT individual therapy, and a specialized Crisis Response Planning program to help people manage difficult emotions without going to the Emergency Department. For more information or to discuss scheduling an evaluation for these services, please call (210) 567-5978.


HOW DO I GET HELP?

Call our Intake Office at (210) 450-6440.
We will ask you some brief questions to get an idea of your (or your child’s) problem.  This will help us match your situation with the clinician who can best help you. Generally, an initial appointment will last 1-2 hours.  Your doctor and/or therapist will discuss treatment options with you.


WHAT ARE OUR OFFICE HOURS?
We see patients Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 6 PM. Some group therapy sessions are available in the evenings.