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Mental Health Disorders have become increasingly relevant in terms of public health. Veterans are returning from war zones with troubling symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder; Autism is being recognized as a disabling childhood disorder; individuals are experiencing devastating and untreatable forms of depression and anxiety - these are a few of the serious neuropsychiatric disorders being studied and treated in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Preservation and restoration of mental health are among the highest priorities in medicine today.  Particularly in today’s stress-filled world, keeping one’s mental and emotional balance is crucial. Depression alone affects one out of every five Americans over the course of a lifetime, and other conditions such as anxiety, addiction, and trauma-induced stress are widespread.  Psychiatric research is helping us understand that mental illnesses are brain disorders, which have genetic and biological causes. The good news is that these conditions can be treated effectively, and researchers at MUSC are pioneering the development of new treatments for depression and other conditions.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC has been recognized by the National Network of Depression Centers for its work in areas of women's reproductive health, brain stimulation techniques for the treatment of mood disorders, co-morbid disorders such as depression in medical disease, and also in the exploration of the interactions of brain and creativity. The Department has also been recognized as high-performing by the U.S. News & World Report.

You can help faculty members carry out groundbreaking research and conduct state-of-the-art training in a wide variety of programs. Click HERE to give. Together, we can change what's possible in mental health care.


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