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Chronic & Severe Disorders

Adults who have severe and ongoing mental illness — schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, other psychotic illnesses, severe mood disorders, or personality disorders — benefit from the complete range of specialized services that UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital provides.

These conditions are chronic, with symptoms waxing and waning over time. Because of this, adults with these diagnoses need a variety of services that provide ongoing care for their illness.

Through programs in outpatient, inpatient, and residential settings, the appropriate types of treatment can be provided without interruption.

Because family involvement is important in managing mental illnesses, both supportive and educational services are provided for family members. When necessary, community services for patients are arranged through appropriate agencies outside UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital.

Mood Disorders Treatment and Research

The Mood Disorders Treatment and Research program has specific expertise in the treatment of various types of depression and bipolar disorders. Services provided in this program include innovative treatment for depression, including medication, therapy and/or a combination for individuals who qualify. Clinical care is provided within the environment of conducting research in mood disorders treatment.

Our research includes the evaluation of new investigational medications, existing medications, and new and existing forms of psychotherapy. Each study has a specific structure designed to test the effectiveness of the treatment. In all cases, participants are carefully followed.

People who believe they may be suffering from a mood disorder may call the toll-free intake line and have a confidential conversation with a trained clinician. Clinical research is an important option in the treatment of mood disorders for those who are interested in helping themselves and others who may be living with a mood disorder.

For more information about our Mood Disorders Treatment and Research programs, or to make a referral, call 1-888-427-1532.

Diamond Brain Imaging Study

Are you a young adult who is currently feeling severely distressed, or are you a young adult who is feeling happy, content, satisfied and has never felt severe distress?

Researchers at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital are conducting a neuroimaging study for young adults age 18-25 who are distressed and for those who are not.

This study will use brain imaging (fMRI) to look at aspects of emotion and brain functioning, while participants complete tasks in the scanner.

You may be eligible to participate if you are a young adult 18-25 who has sought treatment for distress (whether meeting a diagnosis or not) but has not been on psychiatric medication for more than two weeks, or a young adult who has never sought help and has never been on medication for a psychiatric problem.

Participants will be compensated for their time.

For details about qualifying you can: