Is there a "best" bipolar hospital?  What about

Q: I am wondering if there is one hospital in the US that best helps the Bipolar Disorder or if there are a series of hopsitals accomplish this task. I am also wondering if there is any truth to the website. Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

Dear Sarah --
Best hospital?  Two answers, first the straight one.  The Harvard  program and the Stanford Program are amongst the strongest in the world for bipolar disorder.  Second answer: most people need a very good local psychiatrist more than they need the best hospital.  Use the Harvard data base to see if there's a specialist in your area; if that doesn't work, here are a few thoughts on finding someone.

Here are the centers around the country participating in the STEP-BD program, led by the Harvard team:

  • University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
  • University of California - San Diego (LaJolla, CA)
  • University of Colorado (Denver, CO)
  • Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center (Chicago, IL)
  • University of Louisville (Louisville, KY)
  • Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA)
  • University of Massachusetts (Worcester, MA)
  • University of Missouri (Kansas City, MO)
  • State University of New York - Buffalo (Buffalo, NY)
  • Cornell University - New York Presbyterian Hospital (New York, NY)
  • New York University (New York, NY)
  • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)
  • University of Oklahoma (Tulsa, OK)
  • University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX)
  • University of Texas - San Antonio (San Antonio, TX)

For my thoughts on True Hope, see the brief essay I wrote for Bipolar World. 

Dr. Phelps

Published February, 2001