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Our faculty and trainees provide a wide range of clinical services, including both psychological and medical treatments such as medications, cognitive and behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, group and family therapy, electro-convulsive therapy, and acupuncture.
We offer clinical care, teaching, and research focusing on specific clinical disorders and treatment techniques.
Medical Psychiatry specialty programs
Forensic Psychiatry – The Law and Psychiatry Service provides expert, objective mental health consultation to the legal process, educates staff and trainees about legal issues that affect patients and clinicians, and teaches staff and trainees how to interact with the legal system.
Anxiety & PTSD - The Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders provides clinical care and consultation and conducts training and ongoing clinical and translational research in the areas of panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorders, social anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Research Laboratory focuses on the psychobiology of PTSD.
Bipolar - Through direct clinical service and consultations, the Bipolar Clinic and Research Program serves local, national and international patients who have bipolar disorders. Direct clinical services include psychiatric evaluations, ongoing expert psychopharmacologic management, and evidence-based psychotherapies.
Depression - The Depression Clinical and Research Program engages in patient care, research and education. Its team of psychiatrists and psychologists care for hundreds of patients with depression and offer expert consultation to patients and families from around the world.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) & Related Disorders –The Clinic consists of a treatment program and a research unit focusing on OCD, Body Dimorphic Disorder, Trichotillomania and Tic Disorders. The clinic aims to inform the public, advance research, and provide advanced clinical care and treatment for individuals with OCD and related disorders.
Center for Addiction Medicine - The West End Clinic treats adults with addiction and co-morbid psychopathology, including medically ill patients who also have substance use disorders. Also within the Center for Addiction Medicine (CAM), the Addiction Recovery Management Service provides treatment and recovery management services for youth under age 25 who are struggling with substance related problems, and their families.
Addiction Recovery Management Service - The Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS) provides treatment and recovery management services for youth under age 25 struggling with substance related problems, and their families. The service provides evaluation and consultation, individual youth treatment, family support services and case management services.
Thought DisordersPsychosis & First Episode-The overarching goal of the clinical program is to provide state-of-the-art pharmacologic and psychosocial treatments that are fully integrated into a community-based treatment network. Major milestones have included the establishment of one of the nation’s first comprehensive clozapine clinics in 1990; a wellness program for the treatment of antipsychotic-induced obesity and smoking cessation in 1998.
Geriatric Psychiatry -- This general adult psychiatry practice focuses on Geriatric Psychiatry, including the diagnosis and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, memory disorders, substance use and personality disorders. Treatment modalities include psychopharmacology, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psychosocial assessment and management, and family intervention. Through longitudinal cohort studies, the Gerontology Research Unit focuses on understanding the differences between normal aging, mild memory problems, and the onset of memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
Perinatal and Women's Mental Health -- The Perinatal and Reproductive Psychiatry Program provides evaluation and treatment for women who suffer from mood and anxiety disorders associated with reproductive life events, including PMS, psychiatric illness during pregnancy, postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, and perimenopausal mood disturbances and associated symptoms.
Primary Care – The Primary Care Psychiatry Service serves as a liaison to the MGH Internal Medicine Associates and other primary care practices. The service is one of the first of its kind in the US, founded on the recognition that stress-related medical illnesses predominate in the primary care setting.
Eating and Weight Disorders - The Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program offers outpatient services for patients with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder and disordered eating contributing to obesity. The program offers evaluation, consultation, and outpatient management services, and multidisciplinary care and multi-modal therapies is actively coordinated.
Burns/Trauma – The Burns and Trauma Consultation Service treats victims of burns and traumatic injuries, including victims of the 2003 Rhode Island “Station” nightclub fire, who suffer from a range of psychiatric disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder, addictions, depression and pre-morbid psychiatric conditions.
Cancer* (Breast, Brain, GU, GI, Head and Neck, Bone Marrow Transplant) – The Psychiatric Oncology Service brings high quality psychiatric care to the bedside of cancer patients so that psychiatric syndromes will not impede cancer care. As an outpatient psychiatric consultation service, the priority is to consider medical differential diagnosis, syndromes of anxiety, depression and cognitive impairment. The service is about to expand to provide services for cancer survivors.
HIV/AIDS– The Infectious Disease Psychiatric Consultation Service is part of the MGH Division of Psychiatry and Medicine and helps medical doctors in the MGH Infectious Disease Clinic manage complex patients with psychiatric co-morbidities. This service provides evaluation and treatments as well as education to patients seen in the MGH Infectious Disease Clinic in a shared care model. Most patients served in the clinic are diagnosed with HIV-AIDS or with hepatitis C.
Neuropsychiatry – The Division of Psychiatry and Medicine has recently expanded its Neuropsychiatry Service with specialist psychiatry consultants available to see neurology outpatients with psychiatric co-morbidities, collaborate in research and participate in the teaching of residents.
Pain -- The OPD has recently been working with the Mass General Pain Center to better integrate psychiatric and addictions services into the Center. Together with the Pain Center, the department is in the process of recruiting a psychiatrist who will be dedicated to this area as many as three days per week.
Sexual Dysfunction - The Sexual Dysfunction Unit is dedicated to the management of male and female sexual disorders and sexual dysfunction. Individuals and couples are treated through a combination of medication and therapy. Multidisciplinary collaboration with other specialties (Urology, Gynecology, and Endocrinology) is sought on a case-by-case basis. Teaching and supervision is provided to interested trainees.
Transplant (Heart, Lung, Renal, Liver) – The Transplant Consultation Service is comprised of highly experienced psychiatrists who work on organ specific teams. Their primary responsibility is to evaluate all potential transplant recipients and all living potential donors. Transplant psychiatrists make essential contributions to the medical teams they serve and to the patients and families they treat.
Technique Based Programs
Behavioral Medicine - The Behavioral Medicine Service is comprised of an able staff of psychologists who possess expertise in cognitive and behavioral therapy. This service has a well-deserved reputation in clinical care and has conducted successful research focused on HIV, diabetes and ADHD.
Group Psychotherapy - OPD offers a wide variety of groups including; psychodynamic/interpersonal, medical illness, older adult, special interest, young adult, and child and adolescent. The Center for Group Psychotherapy promotes the development of groups to meet the needs of the hospital community through training, publishing, and the development of treatment models.
Urgent Care Clinic – The Psychiatry Urgent Care Clinic receives referrals primarily from the Acute Psychiatry Service and from outpatient primary care practices. In limited circumstances, the Urgent Care clinic also serves as a short-term bridge between discharge from the inpatient unit and planned follow-up care in the community. With conditions ranging from psychosis and bipolar disorder to substance use and mood/anxiety disorders, most patients present in crisis. They are seen for an average of two to three visits before disposition to long-term psychiatric care, or returned to their PCPs for ongoing care. The Urgent Care Clinic has become a valued site for residency training, not long for Psychiatry but for Primary Care Medicine.
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