Howard University Hospital Department of Psychiatry consists of clinical faculty representing generalists and sub-specialists in psychiatry and psychology. Our medical staff is fully qualified to provide state-of-the-art, evidence-based services that include diagnosis and treatment of severely mentally ill patients and those with life issues, treatment of the deaf and mentally challenged, and the diagnosis and treatment of addictive disorders in inpatient and outpatient settings.
Several members of the department participate in ongoing basic and clinical research. The department has an alliance with the National Institute of Mental Health's intramural program to support collaborative research on 25 different projects. These are pioneering studies that involve mood and anxiety disorders, medication effectiveness and treatment, state-of-the-art neuro-imaging and measures of physiological response. Individual faculty members are also funded in studies of the genetics of mood disorders, sleep in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and studies of the pharmacology of alcohol dependence. These projects attempt as much as possible to complement clinical services.
To provide multidisciplinary, state-of-the-art psychiatry patient care in our inpatient, outpatient, and consultation services.
To give our medical students, psychiatric residents, and other trainees in the health profession state-of-the-art education and training in psychiatric patient care.
To maintain a well-trained, credentialed, multidisciplinary psychiatric patient care staff who enthusiastically uphold all of the current professional and accreditation standards for patient care and continuing staff development and education.
To facilitate the maintenance of academic and research skills and activities. This is accomplished through continual internal monitoring, staff training, re-evaluation and education.
Depression and Bipolar Disorder Research
What is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a serious medical illness that causes shifts in a person's mood, energy and ability to function. Different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through, the symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe.
Signs and Symptoms
Bipolar disorder causes dramatic mood swings from overly "high" and/or irritable, to sad and hopeless, and then back again, often with periods of a normal mood in between. Severe changes in energy and behavior go along with these changes in mood. The periods of highs and lows are called episodes of mania and depression.
Most people with bipolar disorder can achieve substantial stabilization of their mood swings and related symptoms over time with proper treatment. A strategy that combines medication and psychosocial treatment is optimal for managing the disorder over time.