Treatment & Services

The UC Mood Disorders Center offers a variety of treatment options for all categories of mood disorders. Some of these include outpatient and inpatient services and options for treatment-resistant depression and substance abuse.

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Resident Mood Disorders Clinic

The Resident Mood Clinic (RMC) is a multidisciplinary outpatient behavioral health clinic specializing in the treatment of mood disorders and co-morbid conditions. The RMC sees patients from across the Tri-State area, and accepts the vast majority of insurance carriers. Patients in the RMC have the opportunity to interact with resident physicians, as well as meeting individually with staff psychiatrists from the University of Cincinnati Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience. In addition to diagnostic assessments, the RMC provides ongoing pharmacologic treatment as well as psychotherapeutic services onsite. Appropriate referrals may also be made through the UC Health system for further evaluation and care, including neuropsychological testing, addictions treatment, and interventions for treatment-resistant depression such as ECT and TMS.

Psychotherapy Services

UC Health Psychiatry offers a wide range of psychotherapy services for adults and children. UC Health Psychiatry faculty and staff specialize in the treatment of mood disorders (depression and bipolar disorders), anxiety disorders, ADHD, memory disorders, and psychotic disorders, as well as family and relationship problems, trauma and sleep problems. Treatment options include individual, couples and family therapy.

UC Health Psychiatry offers cognitive behavioral therapy, including mindfulness-based approaches, interpersonal therapy, as well as psychodynamic approaches, and combines psychotherapy with medication therapy whenever appropriate.

In addition, UC Health Psychiatry offers assessment and treatment for chemical dependency in individual and group settings.

Cognitive Aging Care

A collaborative clinic with neurology providing outpatient care of late-life psychiatric disorders, with particular attention on psychiatric complications of dementia and late-life depression.

Women’s Mental Health Program

The spectrum of mood and anxiety disorders across a woman’s reproductive cycle are a significant health burden for society in general and women in particular. These disorders – such as premenstrual dysphoric disorder, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and premenopausal mood/anxiety disorders – are often under recognized and undertreated and can have profound health consequences.

At the Reproductive Psychiatry Consultation clinic, we offer comprehensive evaluations and treatment planning for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders as well as other mental health issues across the reproductive cycle. Our services consist of diagnostic psychiatric evaluations, risk/benefit analysis of using psychiatric medications in pregnancy and lactation, and individual or group psychotherapy.

Infectious Disease/HIV Psychiatry

We have an integrated clinic to address mental health concerns in patients in the infectious disease and HIV clinic.

Transplant Psychology and Psychiatric Services

We have a collaborative, integrated clinic to provide mental health services for patients before, during and after cardiac, kidney, liver and bone marrow transplantation.

Neuro-oncology

We have an integrated clinic to address mental health concerns in patients in the neuro-oncology clinic at West Chester Hospital.

We offer a comprehensive evaluation and consultation service for patients with treatment-resistant or refractory depression. These consultations include evaluations for advanced psychopharmacology, psychotherapy and neuromodulatory treatments of depression such as electroconvulsive therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation and ketamine infusion.

Electroconvulsive Therapy

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is the gold standard for treatment of severe depression, and other psychiatric disorders, by inducing changes in brain chemistry that can rapidly reverse symptoms. As one of the oldest and most widely used mental health procedures, ECT often works when other treatments are unsuccessful. ECT is an extremely effective form of treatment. It is often safer and more effective than medications or no treatment at all. With this treatment, a small amount of electricity is applied to the scalp and produces a seizure in the brain. Because the patient is asleep under general anesthesia, the procedure is virtually painless.

Intranasal Ketamine Infusion

Major depression is a debilitating brain disorder that affects one in 10 adults. It is caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain that results in a persistent state of sadness and loss of interest in or pleasure from normal activities. Individuals with depression that have been resistant to usual treatments may give up hope for improvement. Ketamine administration is a new treatment intervention that has shown great promise for these patients.

UC Health offers intranasal ketamine as an innovative treatment that may help patients coping with treatment resistant depression. Intranasal administration does not require intravenous access and can be done in our offices. Ketamine is not FDA-approved for the treatment of depression or other psychiatric illnesses and may not be covered by your insurance provider. Visit uchealth.com/financial for questions regarding insurance and billing.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is an FDA-approved treatment for depression that has not responded to treatment with antidepressant medications. The treatment is used as part of our Treatment-Resistant Depression program.  It involves applying MRI-strength electromagnetic pulses to a localized are of the brain with an electromagnetic coil that rests comfortably against the head. Its effects are achieved by activating parts of the brain that are inactive in those with depression. It is a localized treatment that does not have the side effects associated with anti-depressant treatment, with most patients only experiencing the discomfort associated with the magnetic pulses during treatment. Treatment occurs in the clinic, with each treatment session lasting 37-45 minutes. A full treatment course is one treatment daily, five days each week, for six weeks. Patients are awake and alert during the procedure and can return to normal activities immediately after treatment.

The physicians and nurses that make up the TMS treatment team are skilled at providing support in a variety of ways for those in treatment. Our TMS providers are associated with the National Network of Depression Centers, and have years of experience in the treatment of depression.

Mental Health Collaborative Care

Psychiatric Collaborative Care is a model of providing mental health services in non-mental health settings. Mood Disorder physicians provide services to primary care and subspecialty clinics at UC Health. In this model, patients are identified through mental health screening as part of their routine medical care. They are then seen by a care manager who is embedded in the primary medical clinical site. This care manager provides problem solving and brief cognitive behavioral therapy, and collaborates with a supervising psychiatrist. The psychiatrist makes treatment recommendations to the primary physician and monitors response together with the care manager. The psychiatrist is also available for face-to-face consultation in cases of diagnostic complexity and treatment resistance. This model provides rapid access to psychiatric services, while simultaneously managing a large patient population efficiently.

Addiction Services

The UC Health Addiction Sciences Program provides comprehensive, evidence-based, outpatient substance use disorder treatment to individuals 18 years and older. Our services include individual and group counseling, medication-assisted treatment, co-occurring disorders treatment, an intensive outpatient program, and specialized treatment for pregnant and postpartum women. Most new patients can be seen for an assessment on a same-day basis without an appointment by simply checking in at the front desk.

Psychiatric Emergency Services

Psychiatric emergency services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Services include social work, nursing, psychiatry and emergency management.

Psychiatry Consult Service

The Psychiatry Consult Service provides evaluation and treatment for patients on medical and surgical floors who have mental health concerns. It also includes consultations for patients undergoing organ transplants or implantation of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD).

Psychiatric Inpatient Services

We have 40 inpatient beds on two units treating both geriatric and adult patients.

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