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Psychiatry: Mental Health & Wellness

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five adults suffers from a mental illness each year. 

We believe your mental health is important to overall wellness. Whether you’re suffering from depression, anxiety, memory loss or the effects of a brain injury, we can help. Find out more about the mental and emotional conditions we treat.

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Psychiatry

Psychiatry: Mental Health & Wellness

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five adults suffers from a mental illness each year. 

We believe your mental health is important to overall wellness. Whether you’re suffering from depression, anxiety, memory loss or the effects of a brain injury, we can help. Find out more about the mental and emotional conditions we treat.

Doctors Who Care

  • Center for Leading Edge Addiction Research (CLEAR)

    Known throughout the world for addiction research and treatments, this center conducts ongoing clinical trials for patients suffering from substance abuse and addiction.

  • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

    We are the only hospital in the region to offer ECT for mood disorders, like depression or bipolar disorder.

  • Depression: When Medication Fails

    TMS Therapy uses magnetic stimulation, not drugs, to treat depression. This FDA-approved procedure offers an outpatient alternative or addition to medication. Find out if you qualify for TMS Therapy.

  • Research With a Reputation

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

News & Stories
Depression varies by country

Modern Psychiatry: 9 Things You Might Not Know

Insane asylums, shock treatments, violent madmen: Cliched images of mental illness abound. Yet much has changed in the last 20 years in the field of psychiatry. New treatments like TMS Therapy for depression have emerged; research has led to improved medications for schizophrenia. 

In this blog story, David Hamilton, MD, not only introduces modern treatments but refreshes our understanding of violence in people who are mentally ill, explains that depression varies by country and more.

Take a moment and learn about the 9 things you probably didn't know about modern psychiatry.

A New Treatment for Depression

  • According to the National Network of Depression Centers, about one in five Americans has firsthand experience with depression, bipolar illness or other mood disorder. 

    The good news: Along with antidepressants, a new therapy exists to help people deal with depression. TMS Therapy targets the parts of the brain that regulate mood with little to no side effects.

    Hamilton explains how TMS Therapy works and why it's effective: Listen to the podcast.

Brain Injury and Concussion Management
Traumatic Brain Injury

The Effects of Sports and War

We work with sports teams and the military to study and treat:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Concussion
  • Seizures
  • PTSD 

Recovering from sports or the battlefield? Get evaluated and treated by experts at the Neurocognitive Assessment Laboratory.

Drive Safely: A One-of-a-Kind Lab

  • At the Virginia Driver Safety Laboratory, we help you determine if you have the capacity to drive when an injury or disease has affected the function of your brain.

    We also provide rehab services if you're recovering from an injury and ready to hit the road.

    Find out how we can help you drive safely.

Depression & Suicide

After the 2014 suicide of actor Robin Williams, we sat down with Kim Penberthy, PhD, to talk about severe depression, mental health stigmas and myths and what you can do to help.

Read this helpful Q&A on mental illness.

Need Help?

When you’re feeling hopeless, there’s help for you at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

800.273.TALK or 800.273.8255

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Call us at 434.243.3675

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Psychiatry For Children

Our pediatric experts provide friendly care for your child's psychiatric needs.

At UVA Children's Hospital, we assess and treat emotional, behavioral and developmental disorders.

Learn more
 about pediatric psychiatry.