Depression Center Specialty Programs
Director: Melvin McInnis, M.D.
The Depression Center's Specialty Programs provide consultation and treatment services for a wide variety of mood disorders, focusing on Bipolar Disorder and difficult-to-treat Major Depressions. These clinics are led by physicians with over 15 years of specialty experience in these disorders, and are internationally recognized for their clinical and research expertise. The program consists of a panel of experts in the psychotherapies (CBT, DBT, & IPT) relevant to mood disorders and draws from a team of nurse practitioners, social workers, and psychologists who provide additional assessments and therapy recommendations to the patient with a mood disorder. Family and patient support and education are integral to this program; weekly events are advertised at the clinics. Sleep disorders testing and sleep hygiene interventions are available for those with accompanying sleep problems. Education and self-management are emphasized. The Adult program interacts with Child-Adolescent programs via the Youth and Young Adult Mood disorders clinic, designed to provide assessment and ongoing care for the adolescent and young adult age group.
The comprehensive assessment of patients with an affective disorder takes a pluralistic approach with a focus on the identified needs of the patient. Psychopharmacology considerations and management of medications usually serve as a strong foundation in managing bipolar disorder and moderate to severe depressions for those seeking treatments in these clinics. These clinics are also very mindful of the benefit that the psychotherapies and family therapies can provide the patient and family. Our assessment integrates this into the formulation and recommendations for treatment, with attention to the timing, focus, and duration of these cognitive and interpersonal therapies.
Comprehensive consultations and ongoing treatments of patients with depressive or bipolar disorders occur through the educational and teaching clinics of the University of Michigan Depression Center. In these clinics, a young psychiatrist in training evaluates the patient, presents the clinical information to an attending psychiatrist, and together they meet with the patient for further evaluation and discussion of the treatment plan. Additional assessments such as psychological testing may be arranged for a later date.
The Depression Center Consultation Clinic is a new service offered by the University of Michigan Depression Center and the Depression Center's Specialty Program. This consultation is provided solely by senior faculty members, without trainee participation. This consultation service is available primarily to provide input to referring physicians, rather than to provide ongoing care for all. The fee structure for this consultation is based on the amount of consultation time. A consultative report and communication with the referring physician and patient are provided by the senior faculty psychiatrist.
To schedule an initial appointment:
Depression Center & Ambulatory Psychiatry