Second Opinion Clinic
Our clinic offers second opinion assessments and treatment to those suffering from severe mental illness who have not responded to previous efforts. Considered treatment-resistant or refractory, patients, and often their families, may give up, become non-compliant or discontinue treatment with severe consequences. Second opinions become beneficial to clarify or confirm a patient’s diagnosis, obtain a better understanding of current symptoms and behaviors, as well as receive recommendations for follow-up treatment.
The goal of the Second Opinion Clinic is to offer hope to patients. Our mental health professionals, who are dedicated to the study and treatment of treatment-resistant disorders in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, are highly trained in innovative, evidence-based therapies such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), Ketamine and Deep brain stimulation (DBS). In addition, we will work in partnership with the patient’s referring physician to explore new possibilities.
- 90-minute comprehensive evaluation by psychiatrist
- Differential diagnosis assessment
- Referral for additional testing (neurological and/or neuropsychological evaluation)
- Lab work, as needed, to determine medication dosages
- Pharmacogenomic testing
- Follow-up conversation with the patient’s referring physician
- Recommendations for treatment options
Provider Referral Form:
UTHealth Treatment-Resistant Mood Disorders Program Referring Provider Form
Meet our Team: