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Bipolar Wellness Clinic

A clinic designed to help you learn skills for living with bipolar disorder. We will focus on maintaining wellness

Group Medical Visits

A group medical visit is an appointment with the entire Bipolar Clinic team and involves interaction with other patients as well as with clinicians.

We require that all patients who are followed in the Bipolar Wellness Clinic schedule a group visit at least once every 3 months in order to continue to get medication refills. You are not required to attend either the educational or support group portion of the visit if you prefer not to. We do believe that the information you will receive during the educational sessions will help you to manage your bipolar symptoms and strongly encourage you to attend whenever possible. Many patients also benefit from attending the ongoing support group.   

What happens in a Group Medical Visit?

Visits last from 1 to 3 hours. 

During the visit we will ask you about your medications, any side effects that you may be experiencing and we will provide refills as needed.

We will also ask you how you are feeling and if you are having any troublesome symptoms.

The BipolarClinic group visit also offers educational group sessions which will cover topics such as stress management, fitness and exercise, sleep issues, nutrition, etc.

We are always looking for topics to cover and encourage patients to let us know if a particular topic would be helpful to you.

Individual Visits

Occasionally you may need to meet individually with one of the Bipolar Clinic team clinicians. We do have the capacity to meet with you individually on an as needed basis. We also require at least one individual visit annually in order to do a more in-depth assessment of how you are doing. We will let you know when it is time for an annual individual visit.

Because of the nature of the clinic and the focus on long term management of a chronic health condition we do not make frequent medication changes or do individual therapy with patients. Our focus is on helping patients learn to live with their illness and be active members of the health care team.

Other clinic Services

If you need extra information about area resources, need help applying for assistance programs or have a need for help with crisis situations such as emergency funding we have a case manager on site who may be able to offer some assistance. Please feel free to let any of the clinicians know if you would like to see the clinic case manager.

The Bipolar Wellness Clinic team includes:

  • Attending psychiatrists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Social Workers

Where and When

The Bipolar Wellness Clinic will run every other Tuesdays from 1-3:30 pm or the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 5:30-7:30 pm. We will also have a small number of individual visits available on an as needed basis.

 

To schedule an initial appointment:

734-764-0231
or toll-free
1-800-525-5188

What you should know when you call

 

Clinic location:

The Rachel Upjohn Building is home to the U-M Depression Center and Ambulatory Psychiatry Programs.

Depression Center & Ambulatory Psychiatry
Rachel Upjohn Building, East Medical Campus
4250 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Fax: 734-763-5580
Directions and Maps

 

For Urgent Care, please call Psychiatric Emergency Services at the University of Michigan Hospital at 734-936-5900 or dial 9-1-1.