Neuropsychiatric Treatment at Sheppard Pratt 

Your loved one receives care from doctors (neuropsychiatrists) with specialized training in neurology and psychiatry. Our team also includes social workers and psychiatric nurse practitioners. We deliver effective care for mental disorders that are often caused by problems with the nervous system. This level of expertise is available in only a handful of programs nationwide. 

Specialized Neuropsychiatric Care

To help your loved one get the care that best meets their needs, we start the treatment process by conducting a detailed neuropsychiatric evaluation. Find out more about neuropsychiatric evaluations. 

At Sheppard Pratt, neuropsychiatrists deliver focused care for complex psychiatric issues. Our treatments include:

We offer many of the services your loved one needs right here at Sheppard Pratt, including behavioral therapy. For patients whose needs are better served in a residential assisted living program or day program, we coordinate with local providers to offer the best possible care.


Many people start feeling better with the help of psychiatric medications. Our neuropsychiatrists select the options that are most likely to work while minimizing the risk of unpleasant side effects. The right psychiatric medications depend on the symptoms your loved one is experiencing and how serious they are. 

Our offerings include:

  • Antidepressants: These medications relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety. 
  • Psychostimulants: Also known as stimulants, these medications increase activity in the brain’s frontal lobe to improve concentration. 
  • Cholinergic medications: These medications help brain cells (neurons) work more effectively to ease memory problems. 
  • Mood stabilizers: These medications make moods less extreme. For example, if you experience periods of excitability (mania), mood stabilizers may make them less severe. 
  • Antipsychotic medications: Taking antipsychotic medications can make it easier to control psychotic symptoms that often stem from extreme moods. 
  • Sleep aids: We may prescribe medications, including beta blockers, to help relieve sleep issues. 

Other Treatments and Services for Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Your loved one’s care plan may include additional treatments and services, including:

Cognitive behavioral therapy

With cognitive behavior therapy, we pinpoint the triggers that cause people to experience negative thoughts or emotions. We then teach methods for responding to those triggers in a more useful way. 

For example, for people with a history of anxiety attacks or self-harming behaviors, we teach them to identify triggers and actions they can take to change the situation. Techniques may include changing their thought pattern or relaxation techniques.

Neurostimulation techniques

We use gentle pulses of electrical energy to stimulate areas of the brain responsible for psychiatric conditions, including severe depression or mania. Learn more about electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). 

Support for patients and their loved ones

Our family approach includes information and support for family caregivers. We offer helpful recommendations and reassurance when you need it. Our services help you worry less about your loved one’s well-being so you can enjoy spending time together.

Neuropsychiatric Research

We are bringing scientific discoveries to patients in the clinic. Learn more about research at Sheppard Pratt.

We are also working to develop new treatments that will give people additional care options for complex problems. 

Our research interests include: 

  • Testing new medications
  • Using approved psychiatric medications in innovative ways (off-label use) to relieve symptoms that do not respond to standard treatments
  • Establishing ways to support people with autism through different stages of life
  • Monitoring patients with severe (traumatic) brain injury throughout their lives to identify and treat complications that develop over time

Learn more about preparing for your neuropsychiatry appointment.