Unraveling autism

A multifaceted approach aims to detect, treat and even reverse the disorder.

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Many smokers with serious mental illness want to kick habit

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine and BJC Behavioral Health in St. Louis have found that many smokers with psychiatric problems want to quit smoking.

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Depressed children respond differently to rewards than other kids

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that clinically depressed children don’t respond to rewards the same way as other children do.

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Hard-to-treat depression in seniors focus of $13.5 million study

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are launching a study aimed at identifying effective treatment methods for seniors with depression that does not respond to standard medications.

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Welcome to the Washington University, Department of Psychiatry’s website. The department has been at the forefront of psychiatric care for decades. Members of our faculty were among the first to champion the medical model of psychiatry and view psychiatric dysfunction as an interaction between genes and environment. The department and its faculty continue to be in the vanguard of both the study and treatment of mental illness. In order to prepare for the future, the department also devotes a significant amount of time and effort to the training of the next generation of clinicians and researchers. We provide training at the medical student, residency, fellowship, and pre-, and post-doctoral levels. We invite you to visit our site to learn more about our history, the faculty, and what we do to increase our understanding of nervous system function and improve the treatment of mental disorders.