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The Women's Mental Health Program is nationally recognized as a model clinical and teaching program. It has won two prestigious national awards: The American Psychiatric Association's Gold Achievement Award for innovative mental health service delivery, and the American College of Psychiatrists' Award for Creativity in Psychiatric Education. Clinicians in the program include psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers with expertise in the unique mental health needs of women.Clinical services within the Women's Mental Health Program include:
The Women's Clinic:
The Women's Clinic is an outpatient clinic for women that offers comprehensive mental health services, including diagnostic evaluation, medication management, individual psychotherapy, couples therapy and family therapy.
The Women's Consultation Service:
The Women's Consultation Service offers diagnostic evaluations and consultations for women who are being treated by other health professionals, but who need the specialized expertise available at the Women's Mental Health Program. Women often obtain consultation for issues such as:
- Planning a pregnancy and wanting to know about safety of psychiatric medications while trying to conceive, during pregnancy, and while breast feeding
- How to prevent postpartum depression
- Adjusting treatment for symptoms that worsen premenstrually
- Adjusting treatment during the transition to menopause
- Understanding the interactions between hormonal changes and psychiatric symptoms
The Eating Disorders Clinic:
The Eating Disorders Clinic offers comprehensive and integrated services for women with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder (compulsive overeating). The clinic's services include diagnostic evaluations, individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and medication management.
The Women's Inpatient Treatment Service:
The Women's Inpatient Treatment Service is a hospital-based team of experts in women's mental health. The team offers diagnostic evaluation, crisis intervention, medication adjustment, family intervention and group therapy for women who have serious symptoms requiring hospital-level care.
The Women's Mental Health Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago is designed to meet the unique needs of women with psychiatric disorders and life problems. Examples include:
- Psychiatric symptoms during pregnancy and postpartum
- Reactions to infertility or pregnancy loss
- Premenstrual mood changes
- Emotional changes related to menopause or mid-life
- Reactions to breast cancer, uterine cancer, hysterectomy or other gynecologic problems
- Mood changes related to prescribed hormones for birth control, infertility or menopause
- Adjustment of psychiatric medications to fit a woman's physiology
- Reactions to rape, sexual abuse, or other traumas
- Eating disorders
- Relationship problems
- Parenting problems
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