Is there a "best" bipolar hospital? What about truehope.com?
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 www.truehope.com 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,
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.
Published February, 2001