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Department of psychiatry, psychosomatics and psychotherapy

Prof. Dr. med. Jurgen Deckert
psychiatry, psychology

About the department

The psychiatry, psychosomatics and psychotherapy department at University Hospital Wurzburg (UKW) covers the entire spectrum of diagnosing and therapeutical options for mental illnesses. The treatment of mental illness in Würzburg has a long tradition. For about 450 years, people have been treated inpatients, for 150 years, a new generation of psychiatrists has been trained, and for 100 years, intensive research has been carried out. Every year, about 3,000 people with mental illness or mental disorders receive support and treatment in seven specialized departments, three-day hospitals and eight special polyclinics. In addition to competent diagnostics, professional consultations and therapeutic assistance at the level of recognized methodological recommendations, personal care for people in their needs comes to the fore. Highly qualified staff with more than 100 therapists from the medical, psychological, therapeutic, and socio-pedagogical fields and a motivated and specialized medical team make it possible to develop an individually tailored therapy concept at the highest level.

The range of services includes modern treatment of all clinical manifestations of psychiatry based on national and international standards. Psychologists specialize in treating bipolar disorders, depression, anxiety disorders and stress. The spectrum of therapy extends from numerous treatments, psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy and stimulation methods to complementary offerings such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy or music-art therapy. With this wealth of knowledge and experience, the department creates the foundation on which recovery and prevention of mental illness are possible.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • Depression
  • Bipolar affective disorders
  • Postpartum depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Disruptive behaviour and dissocial disorders 
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders 
  • Attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity in adulthood
  • Psychosis and schizophrenia
  • Dementia


  • Anamnesis 
  • Physical examination
  • Laboratory and biochemical tests 
  • Hormone panel 
  • Brief psychiatric rating scale 
  • Psychiatric symptoms checklist 
  • Clinical global impression 
  • Anxiety-self-rating scale 
  • Hamilton anxiety scale 
  • Beck's depression scale 
  • Manic state rating scale 


  • Psychotherapy
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Stimulating treatments
  • Music and art therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Sociotherapy
  • Group therapy and family counselling
  • Prevention of emotional burnout
  • Other treatment options
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Doctor profile


  • 1997 Habilitation in Psychiatry
  • 1994 - 1996 Research Associate, Institute of Human Genetics, Friedrich Wilhelms-University Bonn
  • 1985 - 1988 Research Fellow, Unit on Neurochemistry, Biological Psychiatry Branch, NIMH, Bethesda, MD, USA
  • 1985 Thesis in Human Medicine
  • 1977 - 1984 Study of Human Medicine at Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg


  • since 2014 Speaker, Center of Mental Health, Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg
  • since 2010 Board, BMBF Comprehensive Heart Failure Center, Medical Faculty, Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg
  • since 2010 Coordinator, DAAD Project SouthEastEurope on “PTSD”
  • 2008-2012 Board, IZKF Medical Faculty, Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg
  • since 2006 Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, Julius-MaximiliansUniversity Würzburg
  • 2004 - 2006 Professor of Molecular Psychiatry, Wilhelms-University Münster
  • 1991 - 1992 Assistant Physician, Department of Neurology, Ruhr University Bochum
  • 1988 - 1998 Assistant Physician and Consultant Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry, Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg

Awards, memberships, publications

  • since 2017 Cochair PGC Anxiety
  • since 2015 Advisory Board Max-Planck-Institute of Psychiatry
  • 2010 - 2012 TaskForce Orpheus-AMSE-WFME MDPhD Standards in Europe
  • since 2011 Board, German Society for Biological Psychiatry
  • since 2007 Section Head “Neurobiology and Genetics” of the DGPPN
  • 2003 Wyeth Prize of the DGPPN
  • 1998 Organon Prize of the DGBP
  • 1994 - 1996 DFG Habilitation Grant
  • 1987 - 1988 Fogarty Fellowship
  • 1985 - 1987 DFG Education Grant
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