U-M Depression Center Consultation Clinic
About the Clinic
The University of Michigan Depression Center Consultation Clinic (DCC) was established to help referring Michigan physicians treat patients with depression, including difficult-to-resolve episodes of depression and bipolar disorder. Offered by the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry and the Depression Center, consultations are performed by Depression Center faculty psychiatrists and psychologists who have decades of experience in treating patients with complex clinical symptoms and are internationally recognized for their clinical and research expertise.
This consultation is provided solely by senior faculty members and is available primarily to provide diagnostic and treatment recommendations to referring physicians, rather than to deliver ongoing care for all. The fee structure for this consultation is based on the amount of consultation time. A consultative report and communication with the referring physician and patient are provided by the senior faculty psychiatrist.
The University of Michigan Depression Center Consultation Clinic (DCC) welcomes physician referrals for patients with depression, including difficult-to-treat depression and bipolar individuals. Consultations are performed by Depression Center faculty psychiatrists and psychologists who have many years of experience in treating patients with complex clinical symptoms.
The comprehensive assessment of patients takes a multidisciplinary approach with a focus on evidence-based treatment options that stem from psychopharmacology considerations, medication management, psychotherapy, family therapy, exercise, nutrition, sleep interventions, and new advancements in neuromodulation. Each of these potential treatment options is weighed in the formulation as final recommendations are conveyed.
Our expanded Psychiatric Neuromodulation Program offers treatment with electroconvulsive treatment (ECT), vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) and repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS). rTMS was approved by the FDA in 2008 for the treatment of depression, and may be helpful for patients who have trouble tolerating medications. This outpatient procedure does not require anesthesia and has virtually no cognitive side effects.
Setting up a Referral
To utilize DCC services, provide a concise summary letter outlining your primary reason for consultation, the patient’s treatment history, family history, and relevant medical history. Please include:
- list of current medications and recent trials with duration and dosages.
- history of psychiatric hospitalizations, ECT courses and comprehensive evaluations or hospital discharge summaries that you are authorized to disclose.
Please fax referral information to our confidential central Psychiatric Intake at 734-763-5580.
Upon review of the summary letter, our clinic personnel will contact the patient to arrange consultation and obtain any needed additional information. Following the consultation, you will receive a phone call and written report from the consulting clinician.
We look forward to providing assistance in creating better outcomes for your patients with major depressive disorder.
Thank you in advance for your referrals.