Dallas Depression Center

The Dallas Depression Center in the Department of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center addresses a critical need for the advanced treatment of patients with depression and bipolar disorder. Despite substantive advances over the last 30 years, there is no universally effective treatment. Nearly two-thirds of patients with depression fail to achieve a full recovery.

The Depression Center concentrates on identifying innovative treatments and providing state-of-the-art care for patients with depression and bipolar disorder. The Depression Center's goal is to conduct research to gain a better understanding of the neurobiological mechanisms and other underlying causes of depression. In turn, this information facilitates the development of advanced and personalized treatments for patients with depression.

The Center also serves as a national resource for research, including large clinical data sets and a repository for biological samples. It also facilitates the adoption of standardized measurements and treatments into clinical practice and has become a nationally recognized destination for the expert treatment of patients with unipolar and bipolar depression.

The Center capitalizes on the resources and expertise currently available, recruits and develops recognized scientists, and has established an infrastructure for substantially expanding collaborations with other departments and community partners. Like national Cancer Centers, the Depression Center provides a mechanism to rapidly translate advances from research to clinical care.