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Our Approach to Patient Care

The U-M Department of Psychiatry’s clinical operations provide the care to all patients seen at the Rachel Upjohn Building, which is home to the Depression Center and Ambulatory Psychiatry. All outpatient appointments can be made through the Department of Psychiatry’s scheduling office

Patients evaluated and treated here receive care provided by only a few places in the nation. Five factors combine to set our approach apart. Together, they define the Michigan Difference:

Comprehensive care
Psychiatric illnesses can affect overall health. Our model of care looks after the whole person. Because the effects of these illnesses are rarely limited to the individual who receives the diagnosis, we strive to care for both patients and their families.

Community care
Our clinicians work in partnership with community providers so that whenever possible, you can receive your care closer to home. After an initial consult and treatment recommendation, our goal is to return you to your primary care doctor or other expert in your community who can monitor and manage your treatment. Rest assured, we are going to be here should you need us again in the future.

Care within a research institution
Patients can choose, if able, to participate in clinical research. In doing so, they benefit from the very latest health science, have access to treatments not otherwise routinely available, and contribute to our understanding of brain illnesses.

Multidisciplinary care
Your clinical team is supported by other professionals from the U-M Health System and from nearly every school and college within the University. The result: a unified approach to diagnosing, understanding, treating and eventually preventing the illnesses we treat.

Care within a teaching institution
It is our mission to prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals to meet the unique challenges of mental health care. We will ensure that tomorrow’s providers are skilled in the latest procedures, treat patients and families with compassion, and remain relentless in their search for better ways to conquer psychiatric illness.