Mental and behavioral health

    Our approach to mental and behavioral health

    Mental illnesses are among the most common health conditions in the U.S. Experts estimate that about 1 in 5 adults live with a mental illness, ranging from mild anxiety and depression to schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

    As an academic medical community, SIU Medicine combines innovative research and clinical trials with compassionate medical care. This unique combination not only provides patients with the best evidence-based diagnostic tools and treatments, but also hope. Our expertly trained team of child and adult psychiatrists, psychologists, family medicine providers, pediatricians, internists and licensed clinical social workers evaluate and treat a wide variety of psychiatric conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction and personality disorders, using cognitive behavioral and psychotherapy, short- and long-term medication, and deep brain stimulation. We also identify and treat behavioral issues, including attention deficit disorder, adjustment disorder, and autism. Our providers use a number of treatment methods best suited for children and adolescents, including individual and family therapy, play therapy, trauma-informed cognitive behavioral therapy and medication management.  

    SIU Medicine also promotes positive mental wellbeing. Our programming, classes and resources are designed to reduce your stress, teach healthy coping mechanisms and connect you with likeminded people. 


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