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Psychiatry

Caring for Your Mental and Emotional Health

Whether you’re suffering from a mental illness like depression or anxiety, or memory loss or other effects of a brain injury, we can help.

Patients come from all over Virginia and beyond to receive superior care from UVA’s skilled psychiatrists, psychologists and clinicians.

Our doctors are experts in addictions, adult and child psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, neuropsychology and behavioral medicine.

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Dealing with mental health problems can be lonely. At UVA, we understand that patients who suffer from mental illness or brain injuries often feel isolated, even from family and friends who often don’t understand why they can’t just “snap out of it.”

Our experienced clinicians — known for their research and treatment — are skilled in making the right diagnoses to ensure effective care and better results.

We are:

  • The only hospital in the region to offer electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for treatment of mood disorders, such as depression or bipolar disorder.
  • One of the few medical centers in the state to offer specialty services in child and family psychiatry, and in geriatric psychiatry.
  • National leaders in concussion management and research.

Leaders in Clinical Psychiatry Research

We test the latest medicines and behavior modification techniques for a wide range of psychiatric disorders.

Our Center for Addiction Research and Education (CARE), run by faculty members who are known throughout the world for their addiction research and treatments, is the site of ongoing clinical trials for patients suffering from substance abuse and addiction.

Our doctors also have national and international reputations for their clinical research on sexual dysfunction, concussion management and geriatric psychiatry, as well as studying how diabetes and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) affect driving abilities.