Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

Medical Director

Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg
Phone: +49 621 1703-2301, e-mail

Secretariat: Waltraud VanSyckel
Phone: +49 621 1703-2302, Fax: +49 621 1703-2305, e-mail

Deputy Medical Director

apl. Prof. Dr. Michael Deuschle
Phone: +49 621 1703-2321

Secretariat: Silvia Adum-Batista
Phone: +49 621 1703 2322, Fax: +49 621 1703 2305, e-mail

General

General

The Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy fulfils the medical care mandate in this field for the population of the Mannheim area. To meet this requirement, we have developed a differentiated pallet of therapeutic care oriented towards the different symptoms, ages and everyday situations of the patients. In addition to inpatient care, we offer day clinic care as well as diagnostics and therapy in special outpatient facilities.
The Clinic can provide all of the diagnostic methods needed to ensure targeted diagnostics for psychiatric and internal medical clinical pictures.

The various different ward concepts in most cases integrate psychopharmacological and behavioural therapeutic approaches.
The treating physicians also coordinate treatments with additional therapeutic building blocks. Therapy groups in the wards and in our Rehabilitation Department aim to further the development of activities geared to mastery of everyday practicalities and enjoyment of life. Out trained team of nurses, social workers and physiotherapists also contribute the individually tailored treatment in each case.
We value clarification of health problems, training of social skills and rehabilitative measures very highly that are geared to reintegration of patients in everyday life.

The Clinic has three general psychiatric wards with 14, 25 and 25 beds respectively, two restrictive wards with 12 beds each and gerontopsychiatric wards with a total of 44 (20/24) beds. The 10-bed intensive care ward is supervised by internal medical and psychiatric specialists.

Day clinic care is offered separately for patients over 65 years of age (Senior Citizen Day Clinic with 12 patient units) and for younger patients (day clinic with 20 patient units).

For diagnostics and therapy of specific problems, the Psychiatric-Psychotherapeutic Outpatient Clinic with its Special Outpatient Facilities offers separate outpatient services.

It is often important to offer advice and information on diseases not only to the patients, but also to their family members. To meet this need, discussion groups are organized for family members of schizophrenic patients and Alzheimer patients. These family member groups are led by physicians, social workers and psychologists.

Inpatient treatment units

Inpatient treatment units

Ward KD-A - Phone: +49 621 1703-2420

With a total of 14 inpatient beds, ward 4a offers treatment to patients experiencing life crisis situations or presenting with unclear psychiatric diagnoses. Specific medical and psychological examination and assessment techniques help us to reach an accurate psychiatric diagnosis and an understanding of the patient’s life crisis. Accordingly, our behavior-oriented therapy groups are structured to provide not only help to patients experiencing crisis situations but also “help for self-help”.

Ward SP-A - Phone:  +49 621 1703-2520

This open ward featuring 25 inpatient beds offers a specific program for the diagnosis and treatment of psychotic syndromes. This entails their differentiation from other disorders affecting the central nervous system, multimodal diagnostics (incl. psychopathology, psychometrics, imaging, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and blood examinations), diagnostics and therapy of comorbid psychiatric and somatic illnesses and, in coordination with our outpatient clinic for Early Intervention in Psychosis and ward KD-A, the treatment of prodromal syndromes and first-episode patients. Our multi-professional team (psychiatric nurses, social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists and physicians) offers multi-faceted therapy including innovative psychopharmacological treatment, individual and group psychotherapy, bifocal psycho-education, metacognitive training, computer-based cognition training (CogPack), specialized occupational therapy, relaxation techniques, nutritional counselling, physiotherapy and hedonism training. Finally, we will initiate occupational and social rehabilitation in cooperation with our psychiatric day-hospital.

Ward BD-A - Phone: + 49 621 1703-2560

This 26-bed unit predominantly treats patients with affective disorders whose depressive or manic symptoms mostly require psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic treatment. Within this context we offer specific psychotherapy methods for patients experiencing acute depressive episodes (Interpersonal Psychotherapy, IPT) and chronic depression (Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System Psychotherapy, CBASP). Patients, for whom these psychotherapeutic approaches are not indicted, as for example patients with anxiety disorders, our therapists can offer a range of suitable behavior therapy options.

In addition to psychotherapeutic treatment options, sleep withdrawal or electroconvulsive therapy may also come into consideration depending on the severity and symptomatology of the disorder.

Ward AK-A - Phone: +49 621 1703-2660 / -2680

With 12 beds, the protective ward AK-A offers specific programs for the diagnosis and treatment of those patient groups in need of a protective setting due to the severity of their psychiatric disorder. Predominantly, we treat patients with schizophrenia spectrum psychoses and patients suffering from manic or severe depressive episodes. Additionally, we admit patients with organically caused mental illness, addiction disorders and personality disorders. As a rule, our patients undergo treatment on their own free will. Under special circumstances, however, patients may be treated against their will in accordance with the provisions of the Hospitalization Act. As part of our multi-professional treatment team, staff members of the following occupational groups contribute their expertise: occupational therapy, social work, psychiatric nursing, psychological psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy and medical psychotherapy. Our diagnostic procedures include a thorough medical history, behavior observation, observations and reports from third parties as well as machine-technical methods. In addition to pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy treatment entails the following components: psychiatric primary-nursing, psycho-educative and occupational therapy groups, individual social-educational counseling whenever indicated, nutritional counseling and physiotherapy.

Geronto-psychiatric treatment units (wards NP-G and GE-G)

With all geriatric illnesses, the complex link of specific biological causes, overall physiological changes of old age as well as specific age-related psychological and social changes necessitates a special medical approach and associated tasks. More than 20 percent of old people in the general population suffer from mental illness. Among these depression and age-related dementia are the most frequently diagnosed disorders.

Our geronto-psychiatric unit consists of an integrated clinical unit for inpatient treatment, partial hospital treatment (12 beds) and our outpatient Memory Clinic.

Wards 7 a and 7 b - Phone: +49 621 1703-3120

With a total of 20 beds, wards 7a and 7b offer treatment to elderly patients with somatic comorbidity and dementia. The protective character of these wards facilitates the activation of patients’ abilities to function in daily life. Equally important is the initiation of post-discharge care.

Ward 7 c and 7 c - Phone: +49 621 1703-3160

For appointments please call: Phone: +49 621 1703-3304 (Monsay-Thursday, 9:00AM until 12:00PM)

With a total of 24 beds, wards 7c and 7d specialize in the treatment of mood disorders at an advanced age as well as milder forms of dementia. In addition to psychopharmacological treatment special emphasis is placed on the activation and training of competencies for everyday life as well as adjustments in patients’ home care situations

Intensiv Care Unit (IN-A) - Phone: +49 621 1703-2400

Our intensive care unit has a total of 10 beds with four providing the possibility for cardio-vascular monitoring. Within the protective setting of this ward, we mainly treat psychiatric patients with extensive somatic comorbidity (excluding patients with respiratory insufficiencies). Owing to the severity of their psychiatric disorder the patients on our ward normally cannot be admitted to a general hospital. At the same time their need for somatic treatment and care is beyond the scope of the other psychiatric wards of our hospital.

The ward is headed by a physician specializing in internal medicine and psychiatry.

Sleep Laboratory - Phone: +49 6231 1703-1783

Adress: K 3, 11-14 5th Floor, Room 407-411

Our sleep laboratory offers three examination rooms for the assessment of patients with sleep disorders.

We concentrate on the medical clarification of nonrestorative sleep, impaired sleep, i.e. problems with falling asleep and sleeping through the night, marked daytime sleepiness, restless legs syndrome and other problems associated with sleep. With regard to the diagnosis of nightly respiratory breathing disorders, our sleep laboratory works in close cooperation with other sleep laboratories in the region.

Initially patients are referred for an outpatient consultation. If necessary, this in-depth interview with the patient is followed by a comprehensive sleep examination (polysomnography) on two consecutive nights. After the evaluation process, referring physicians will receive an extensive report with recommendations concerning therapy. 

If you are interested in making an appointment in our outpatient clinic, please follow this link (Outpatient Facility for Sleep Disorders).

In addition to our medical activities, we also conduct diverse research projects in the area of Sleep and Dream Research (link).

Follow this link for information of the German Society for Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine (DGSM): www.charite.de/dgsm/dgsm/


Psychiatry research page

Gerontopsychiatry Research page

Outpatient Services of the Dept. of Psychiatry and Psychotherapie

Outpatient Services of the Dept. of Psychiatry and Psychotherapie

Fore more information about our outpatient services please follow this link (Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic).

Partial Hospital Treatment Programs

Partial Hospital Treatment Programs

Day-Hospital, Dept. of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (TK-A)

Adress: L 10, 1, 68161 Mannheim

Admission. Case-Management, Phone: +49 621 1703-2150, Fax: +49 621 1703-2825

With a total of 20 partial-inpatient beds, our day-hospital specializes in the treatment of patients age 18-60. In special cases treatment may be continued on an ambulatory basis.

Treatment is provided by a multi-professional team and in different treatment modules. In addition to innovative pharmacotherapy aimed at optimizing substance tolerability, we offer individual and group psychotherapy, bifocal psycho-educative measures, computer-based cognition training, meta-cognitive training and comprehensive work therapy programs.

Each patient is required to participate in one of our occupational therapy groups. Among these, we offer a wood-crafting group, creative group, home economics group, pottery group and an office training group. Since patients’ vocational reintegration is an important goal of therapy, many patients participate in part-time work-trials offered by external companies.

As part of our social therapy and psychotherapy program, we offer discussion groups, role-playing groups, social skills training groups and relaxation training. Additionally, we also provide individual behavior-therapy oriented sessions.

An important aspect of our program is the work with patients’ relatives. Accordingly we offer a family support group in close cooperation and coordination with ward 5a. Once a month, we also offer a so-called club-evening for all day-hospital patients, current outpatients and former patients to promote sociability and leisure activities.

Our day-hospital mainly treats patients suffering from schizophrenia spectrum psychoses and affective disorders . Patients are referred from inpatient treatment at the CIMH, from the "Zentrum für Psychiatrie Nordbaden" in Wiesloch or directly from psychiatrists and neurologists in private practice. Not eligible for admission are patients who are acutely suicidal, those with severely reduced drive and patients with primary addictive disorders.

The day-hospital is housed in the former home of the Hecht family, an Art Nouveau style mansion located in L 10, 1 near the main train station.

Senior Citizen Day Clinic (TK-G)

Adress: D 6, 6, 68159 Mannheim
Admission. Case-Management, Phone: +49 621 1703-3220

Our day-hospital for the elderly offers a partial inpatient program, which has become increasingly important owing to the increasing number of old persons with mental disorders and their special therapeutic needs. The day-hospital for the elderly sees itself as a facility for further diagnostic measures and the treatment of old people with acute and chronic mental disorders. Since patients remain in their home environment while undergoing partial inpatient treatment, we can avoid hospitalization and work directly on environmental factors which are relevant for the disorder.

Treatment in our day-hospital can also help to shorten the length of inpatient psychiatric treatment or to avoid inpatient treatment altogether. With this treatment option an essential aspect of patients’ familiar environment can be maintained.

Patients undergoing treatment in the day-hospital for the elderly are usually over 60 years of age. We admit patients for whom outpatient treatment would not suffice from a psychiatric and often internal medical point of view. 70 % of our referrals are from providers of outpatient care, 30% from inpatient treatment. We treat patients with affective disorders, primary or organically caused psychoses as well as other mental illnesses of old age. An important focus is on the treatment of late-life depression.

Our options for diagnosis and therapy correspond largely to those of inpatient treatment. In addition to providing medical treatment we also offer comprehensive measures in the areas of psychotherapy, social therapy and occupational therapy along with individual support by our social workers.

Programs for Family Members

Programs for Family Members

Self-help group for relatives of schizophrenic patients

Scientific investigations have shown that intensive information and training of family members in so-called psycho-educative groups clearly has a positive effect on patients in terms of relapse prevention. In such groups relatives are informed about the schizophrenic disorder, its importance for patients’ lifestyle and treatment options. Thus, relatives should not to be kept away from patients, but should rather be provided specialized knowledge about schizophrenia spectrum psychoses as should the patients themselves. Another important goal is the emotional relief of family members.

The Central Institute has already been offering such groups for family members of inpatients for several years. Family members from three to eight patients make take part in each group. In sessions led by medical staff and social workers, knowledge about causes, symptoms, treatment and relapse prevention are provided in layman’s terms along with advice on how to deal with specific problems of patients.
To allow for the participation of as many family members as possible, the groups are scheduled to begin at 5PM and 5.15PM.

The groups are open to family members of both inpatients, with enrollment through the responsible physician, and outpatients, who will enroll by contacting our Department of Community Psychiatry (Phone: +49 621 1703-6108, -6106).

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Self-help group for family members and care-givers with dementia

The diagnosis of dementia not only affects the patients themselves, but also their relatives and significant others. The more advanced the stage of the disorder, the more time-consuming the care of patients will be. Aside from the illness of the dementia patient itself, helplessness, social isolation as well as physical and mental strain constitute a grave burden for family members and significant others. Care-givers themselves are often already older or have a special connection with the patient through family ties, which often leads to excessive demands and conflicting situations in everyday life. Additionally, family members often lack information regarding financial aid and formal legal options and there is ignorance regarding the implementation of legal rights. Within the supportive context of these self-help groups – which the CIMH has been offering for more than 20 years now – and under the guidance of psychologists and social workers, family members and caregivers have the opportunity for mutual exchange and for unburdening themselves. In addition, participants are offered medical advice, legal information as well as information on social support and care options.

The group meets on the last Wednesday of each month (except for December, when the meeting takes place on a special date) from 10AM until 12PM. For additional information about the groups, please contact Marita Wilms (Phone: +49 621 1703-1706).

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