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Why Give to the Department of Psychiatry?

What is most meaningful in the 100 years of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins isn’t always in the public record. It is the day-to-day work with patients and their families, the healing, the restoring of self that comes from the expertise and compassion of our faculty and staff. Since 1913, hundreds of physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and others have kept this legacy alive. Clinical care is our strength. And, of course, excellence in teaching plays its part. Many of the forerunners in our field have taught or now teach at Johns Hopkins. However, the vitality that fuels everything comes from our clinical and laboratory research. Our successes and even our frustrations, as we unravel the biological underpinnings of psychiatric disorders, bring us closer to developing true rational treatment therapeutics and models of care and prevention.

  • We are ranked consistently as one of the top two programs in the United States for clinical care according to U.S. and News World Report
  • We see a higher percentage of medically compromised psychiatric patients than any other hospital in Maryland
  • We are devoted to the treatment of the chronically mentally ill, the indigent, and the most complex psychiatric cases requiring multidisciplinary treatments
  • Our scope of specialty services, clinical care programs, and research focus areas is unmatched
  • Mental illnesses make up five of the top ten causes of disability worldwide (unipolar depression, alcoholism, bipolar disorder, schizohrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  • SInce 1913 we have been treating the whole person

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