About This Center
UT Health Austin’s Bipolar Disorder Center within the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences diagnoses, treats, and manages bipolar disorder in patients (16-75 years of age). Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental illness characterized by drastic mood fluctuations, alternating between periods of depressed and elevated mood, often misdiagnosed or diagnosed years after its first presentation and highly debilitating if not well controlled. We offer coordinated outpatient management and work with you to reduce the burden of both the illness and its treatment’s side effects in your life by using scientifically proven resources to enhance your personal growth and well-being.
At UT Health Austin, we take a multidisciplinary approach to your care. This means you will benefit from the expertise of multiple specialists across a variety of disciplines caring for you in one place to avoid having to schedule multiple appointments with providers at locations all over the city. The Bipolar Disorder Center care team includes bipolar disorder specialists, psychiatrists, psychologists, neurologists, pharmacists, social workers, peer support specialists, and more who work together to help you get back to the things in your life that matter most to you.
We collaborate with our colleagues at the Dell Medical School and The University of Texas at Austin to utilize the latest research, diagnostic, and treatment techniques, allowing us to use innovative scientific evidence for the diagnosis and treatment of your condition. Patients undergo a six-week program focused on treating depressive and manic symptoms with the goal of enhancing function. Advanced imaging and lab testing are also available on-site if needed.
At UT Health Austin, we focus on you, the whole patient, making sure that you have the support you need throughout your care. We are committed to clear and timely communication with you, your referring provider, and other healthcare specialists, beginning with your initial visit and continuing throughout your cycle of care. Once our center receives a referral from your referring provider, members of the Bipolar Disorder Center care team will identify any existing records of treatment in the UT Health Austin system and communicate with your referring provider to obtain needed medical records and other information. If you have received medical treatment from a provider other than your referring provider, your care team will contact you to receive a written Authorization to Receive Medical Records from your other provider(s). The Bipolar Disorder Center generally will not schedule your initial appointment until it has received all relevant records. Once all records have been received and reviewed, the UT Health Austin Access Center will contact you to schedule your initial appointment.
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