Psychiatry and Psychology
Psychiatry is the branch of medicine dedicated to helping persons with stress, anxiety, depression, and other emotional problems. Services provided include evaluation, treatment with medications, and treatment with psychotherapy (talking therapy).
Evaluation services include talking to our psychiatrist as well as psychological and neuropsychological testing. Psychiatric evaluation can help decide what causes a person's emotional problems and the best ways to treat them.Psychological and neuropsychological evaluations can help persons with attention deficit disorder, learning problems, and memory problems understand their problems and how to deal with them.
Who We Help
We want to help adults (people over 18 years of age) with problems related to stress, anxiety, depression, and other emotional problems. Our psychiatrist is able, when appropriate, to prescribe medications for treating problems. We try to take a holistic approach to emotional problems and will usually encourage patients to become involved in other treatments such as psychotherapy (talking therapy), exercise, and other alternative treatment.
Current Research Opportunities
Our department has the following current research opportunities:
- Computer Training for Cognitive Improvement. Persons 50 years of age and older who are interested in computer-based training to improve their mental functioning may be eligible for participation. Compensation is provided for participation.
- Improving Health Literacy in Persons with HIV Infection. Any person 18 years of age or older who is currently treated for HIV infection may be eligible for this study. Participation requires three study visits of approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours each. The visits are spaced one month apart. Compensation is provided for participation.
- Development of a Computer-Based Health Literacy Measure. Any person 18 years of age or older may be eligible for this study. Participation requires either a single 3-hour visit (in Phase I) or 2 visits about 3 hours long (in Phase II). Compensation is provided for participation.