New Bipolar Clinic fills void of mental health services in Chicago
Addressing the void of affordable and accessible mental health services, the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of Psychiatry has opened a Bipolar Clinic.
Since its opening in February 2019, the clinic has provided state-of-the-art care for patients who carry a diagnosis of any subtype of Bipolar Disorders. “We offer comprehensive care and advanced technology in our modernized care environments for who anyone seeking or are already receiving treatment for Bipolar Disorders,” says Alex Leow, MD, PhD, member of the UICDR and Director of the Bipolar Clinic.
Bipolar Disorder is one of the most misunderstood mental health conditions. The condition causes a person to experience intense mood swings that alternate between emotional highs and lows (mania and depression). An estimated 4.4% of U.S. adults experience bipolar disorder at some time in their lives. An estimated 82.9% of people with bipolar disorder had serious impairment, the highest percent serious impairment among mood disorders.
Although the clinic addresses the gaping holes in mental health services in Chicago, the clinic also serves as a means to advance medical provider training, clinician and patient experiences and improved diagnosis and treatment. “There had been an ongoing request from our psychiatric medical residents to have a specialty clinic for Bipolar Disorders, so that they may receive psychopharmacology training for this condition that is challenging and at the same time very rewarding to treat says Dr. Leow.
Left untreated, bipolar disorder can be a debilitating burden for most individuals and their families. And although Bipolar Disorder is a lifelong condition, with the comprehensive effective treatment our clinic offers, individuals will be empowered with the ability to manage their mood swings and other symptoms.