Dept. of Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy


Dear Visitor!

Welcome to the homepage of the Department of Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy. Our Department is part of the Mental Health Centre and features nine in-patient wards, two day-care units as well as a large outpatient department. We care about all kinds of patients with mental diseases in adulthood and offer psychiatric / psychotherapeutic state-of-the-art treatment. We emphasize multiprofessional teamwork, where physicians, psychologists, specialized nurses, social workers, occupational therapists etc. join forces to provide comprehensive care for mental disorders. This comprises psychotherapy (mainly cognitive-behavioral therapy, CBT), psychopharmacology, social therapy and biological treatments such as bright light therapy, TMS, and ECT. We collaborate closely with neighboring disciplines such as child and adolescent therapy, neurology, or neuroradiology ensuring proper diagnosis and treatment of underlying medical conditions and enabling interdisciplinary assessment.

Our specialized care programs encompass mood disorders, especially therapy resistant depression and bipolar disorders, psychodevelopmental disorder (especially adult ADHD), schizophrenias, alcohohl abuse, eating disorders and trauma-related disorders. Our research efforts are closely linked with these clinical core areas.

You are a patient? We apologize that the overview on our clinical efforts on this website is featured in German language. However, if you seek help, we can easily provide English-speaking psychiatrists or psychotherapists. Please dial one of the numbers on the right side or find more information here (German site only).

You are interested in our research efforts? Please see Research to get an overview about our manifold activities. Besides performing basic studies in genetics, neurophysiology, neuroimaging and neurobiology, we participate in several clinical studies which you can find under „Studienzentrum“(German site only).

One of my key missions is to de-stigmatize mental disorders. These can happen to everybody, and in fact, I don’t know a single person who not has a relative suffering from a mental disorder. This demonstrates that we deal with very frequent disorders (which cause immense suffering), for which nobody is to blame – the patients themselves the least. Despite common thinking, most mental disorders can be treated quite well using psychotherapeutic and / or psychopharmacological measures. Thus, numerous patients actively participate in everyday life, hold responsible professional positions or achieve significantly in arts or science. Still many patients do not dare to see a therapist for feeling shame, guilt or out of common misconceptions about psychiatry. For me, it is paramount to overcome these obstacles: not only by providing cutting-edge diagnostics and therapy, but also by speaking up openly about these issues in the public wherever I can. Only in doing so we will achieve same rights and resources for patients suffering from mental disorders as compared to patients with “somatic” diseases – which, in times of austerity, is more needed than ever.

Sincerely yours,

Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Reif

Head, Department of Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy