- Expertise and teamwork. Bipolar disease is often difficult to treat. You'll receive expert care from experienced professionals and national leaders in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Mayo Clinic who treat more than 3,000 people with bipolar disorder each year. Specialists from psychiatry, psychology and other areas, as needed, will work with you to set personalized treatment goals and monitor your progress.
- Latest diagnostic and treatment options. Getting the right medications for your needs is crucial. In consultation, Mayo providers may use genetic tests to help determine how your body is processing various antidepressant or antipsychotic drugs. Doctors will work with you to carefully monitor medications, especially antidepressants, which can increase the risk of manic episodes.
- Treatment for complicated cases. Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota has a Mood Disorders Unit that provides inpatient treatment to adults whose bipolar disorder significantly affects their functioning or safety. Also in Minnesota, the Mayo Mood Clinic, an outpatient program, evaluates and treats adults who have treatment-resistant bipolar disorder.
- Pediatric specialists. Children and teens with bipolar disorder can come to Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota for diagnosis and treatment. Because pediatric bipolar disorder often coexists with other childhood psychiatric conditions, Mayo's child and adolescent psychiatrists work with doctors in other specialties to do a comprehensive evaluation and develop a personalized treatment plan.
- Latest research. Mayo Clinic scientists conduct research to understand and identify the neuroanatomical and molecular changes in bipolar disorder. Their goal is to develop better and more-targeted drug treatment options, based on variations in brain-imaging patterns, brain metabolism, and genetic and epigenetic makeup. Functional brain imaging is not yet standard clinical practice. There are times when an MRI scan will be requested in the context of a consultation in Mayo's Depression Center.
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for psychiatry by U.S. News & World Report.
Learn about the Mayo Clinic Depression Center services from Mark Frye, M.D., and a patient successfully treated for bipolar disorder.
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At Mayo Clinic, we assemble a team of specialists who take the time to listen and thoroughly understand your health issues and concerns. We tailor the care you receive to your personal health care needs. You can trust our specialists to collaborate and offer you the best possible outcomes, safety and service.
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