Fostering Mental, Emotional and Physical Well-being
Stress is a normal part of life. When it becomes too much a part of daily life, it can cause, or make worse, serious physical and mental illnesses and impact the quality of life. Meditation has long been used to help people optimally cope with life’s stressors and enhance well-being. Over the past few decades, a substantial evidence-base has emerged demonstrating the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation practice in dealing with stress, as well as for the treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders. Research also increasingly supports the integration of mindfulness in the treatment of physical conditions such as chronic pain, heart disease, and others. The University of Iowa's Department of Psychiatry offers an opportunity for you to be an active participant in your health and well-being through ongoing mindfulness meditation programs for people with and without identified health issues.
The Women’s Wellness and Counseling Service (WWCS) provides state of the art evaluation and treatment of those mental health problems that are unique to women, especially around issues of pregnancy and childbirth and the post-partum period.
There is increasing recognition nationally of the importance of collaborative care models which integrate psychiatric and primary care. The University of Iowa is one of only a handful of academic medical centers nationally that offer a combined residency training program in Family Medicine and Psychiatry and clinical services that aim to integrate care for those with co-morbid mental health and medical conditions.