Psychiatry is the medical specialty devoted to the study, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental disorders. From diagnosis through treatment and recovery, the Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center provides experienced doctors and innovative treatment options for exceptional psychiatric care. Our highly skilled psychiatrists offer mental health services for adults and children, with special programs tailored to women’s needs.
The IU Health Neuroscience Center has vast expertise in comprehensive treatment of a wide variety of psychiatric disorders. These conditions include, but are not limited to:
- Anxiety disorders
- Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Eating disorders
- Learning disorders
- Mood disorders
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Postpartum depression
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Psychotic disorders
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The IU Health Neuroscience Center offers a full range of treatment resources for adults and children with chemical abuse and dependency. Since many people who have psychiatric disorders also have chemical abuse or dependency problems, the underlying approach of the addiction program is aimed at treating both conditions. Our board certified addiction psychiatrists and licensed clinical addiction counselors work together to provide well-coordinated, comprehensive care for all types of addictions.
The IU Health neuroscience team focuses on clinical neuroimaging, neuroendocrine and clinical treatment studies to further understand anxiety and stress conditions. We evaluate the effectiveness of standard and novel medicine combinations, and are dedicated to the task of developing new anti-anxiety treatment approaches. We provide leading-edge outpatient care, including evidence-based medicine and psychotherapy. Our interdisciplinary faculty members are nationally renowned in the treatment of anxiety, and work closely together to ensure your well-being.
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Disruptive Behavior Disorders (DBD) Clinic
The IU Health Neuroscience Center runs one of the most innovative research programs in the field of ADHD/DBD, bringing new evaluation and treatment methods from across the world to our patients. We have developed instruments to measure not only attention, hyperactivity and outburst behavior, but also the basic thinking functions behind these behaviors. Patients also have the opportunity to participate in behavioral and pharmacological research programs.
We were one of the first sites to use functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or brain mapping, in research to evaluate changes in brain function in attention-related areas after play of different types of video games. We have also been involved in early tests of new medicines and therapies for attention problems and disruptive behaviors. In fact, many components of our research are now standard methods for evaluation and treatment at our center, and at similar centers across the country. We stay connected with colleagues at other prestigious centers, and ensure best practices at our center by using the newest and most effective evaluation and treatment strategies.
Mood and Emotional Disorders Across the Lifespan (MEDALS) Center
The Mood and Emotional Disorders Across the Lifespan (MEDALS) Center focuses on clinical treatment and research of mood disorders in adults and children. A key component of MEDALS allows physicians to see images of a patient’s brain to help confirm a diagnosis and determine the best treatment option.
The IU Health Neuroscience Center conducts leading brain imaging research funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The purpose of this research is to investigate the activity and connectivity of the brain’s mood-regulating circuit in depression and mania, as well as the effects of treatments such as lithium. New functional neuroimaging research projects funded by the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA) are also underway. These studies help determine how nervous system cells are organized into circuits that process information and regulate emotions in children with mood-regulating difficulties.
Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline personality disorder is a condition in which people have long-term patterns of unstable or turbulent emotions about themselves or others. These unstable emotions often cause them to act impulsively and have chaotic relationships. Its cause is unknown, but genetic, family and social factors are thought to play roles. Risk factors include child or teen abandonment, disrupted family life, poor communication in the family and sexual abuse. It also occurs more often in women and among hospitalized psychiatric patients.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
TMS is a new treatment for adults who have depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Less invasive and traumatic than the older treatment method of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), TMS is an innovative therapy where the patient receives treatment daily for four to six weeks.
Stress – Mind/Body Psychiatry
The IU Health Neuroscience Center provides evidence-based treatment by clinicians, educators and scientists who have different backgrounds but one common purpose: promoting the physical, mental and emotional health of individuals and the community. Our overarching goal is to help patients get and stay healthy by teaching them how to better cope with stress, live healthier lifestyles, address emotional problems and manage physical complaints.
Our experienced clinicians have advanced training to understand the delicate interaction between the mind and body, as well as the importance of biology, psychology and social factors in maintaining health and well-being. This kind of treatment is especially important for people with signs or symptoms of depression or anxiety, grief, adjustment issues, trauma, chronic stress or medicine/treatment adherence barriers.
Specialized Care for Women
The IU Health Neuroscience Center specializes in the treatment of women with psychiatric symptoms during pregnancy and the postpartum period. These mental health issues include bipolar disorder, depression, psychotic disorders and anxiety disorders. Our new perinatal program offers specialized care for women who are planning to conceive, already pregnant or breastfeeding. This unique program also helps new mothers who may be chemically dependent. IU Health Neuroscience Center doctors carefully weigh the risks and benefits of using medicines based on research findings. They consider the values and beliefs of each woman or couple when determining the best treatment.
Hormonal shifts and changes in brain chemistry following the birth of a baby can trigger a mix of powerful emotions. While the anxiety, mood swings and irritability of baby blues tend to last a few days or weeks, some new moms develop postpartum depression—a more severe, long-lasting form of depression that requires specialized care. If left untreated, symptoms tend to get worse rather than better. Our psychiatrists are specially trained in treating postpartum depression with medicine and counseling.
With funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), IU Health Neuroscience Center researchers are also studying the mechanisms behind postpartum depression. This is done through a partnership between The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction and the Indiana University Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. By learning more about the brain’s chemical changes after childbirth, our highly skilled clinicians are leaders in providing innovative treatment options for new mothers.