The Immunopsychiatry Clinic is a new approach for treating depression and bipolar disorder by optimizing treatment according to levels of inflammation in the body. The clinic aims to focus on developing personalised therapies for people with treatment-resistant depression who have (or are believed to have) raised inflammation.
What we provide
- Initial assessment within eight weeks of referral
- Modification of treatment based on blood tests of inflammation
- Up to six months of supervised medical treatment
- Advice to your current team about continuing medication after discharge from the clinic
Who is eligible?
This clinic is available to all patients currently seen in any of the Brighton and Hove Assessment and Treatment Services who have either:
- Depression or Bipolar Disorder and evidence of raised inflammation (confirmed via a blood CRP > 3mg/L)
- Depression or Bipolar Disorder and a medical illness associated with inflammation e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease.
How it works
If you’re a patient and would like to be referred, speak to your psychiatrist or your care co-ordinator at the Assessment and Treatment Service. If you are a clinician, speak to the patient you wish to refer.
If the you meet the referral criteria you will be contacted for an initial assessment appointment within four weeks of the referral. .
Please take a look at a booklet about Inflammation and Mental Health, produced by the McPin Foundation
A patients view on its role in reducing stigma:
For further information please contact Will Barber, Clinic Assistant