Ward C1 | Specialist ward for depression

Doctor in charge

PD Dr. med. C. Schüle (Consultant)

Our ward has 24 inpatient beds for people with affective disorders. We also offer day hospital treatment for up to five patients. We have three five-bed rooms, four double rooms and two observation rooms, each of which has two beds. Patients are treated by a multiprofessional team consisting of a consultant, three junior doctors, 17 nurses, a social worker and a ward assistant.

Main priorities

We diagnose and treat patients with depression.

We are particularly specialised in treatment-resistant depression in which several attempts at drug treatment before admission have not helped.

Our second specialty is anxiety disorders.

We offer interventions of up to 14 days for patients in whom acute psychosocial stress factors have led to a crisis.

Treatment concept

We design an individual treatment plan for each patient that is tailored to their personality and type of illness. The basis for the plan is the therapeutic community where patients live together on the ward and are in contact with a psychotherapeutic team.

The treatment plan comprises:

  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Behaviour therapy
  • Social therapy
  • Exposure therapy for patients with anxiety disorders

We are specialised in drug treatment. Therefore, we also use newly developed drug treatment approaches such as ketamine infusions.

In addition, group-therapy sessions (offered twice a week) and individual psychotherapy sessions with our psychologists and doctors are a very important supplement to drug treatment. For many patients the support of a social worker is also important. The treatment programme also includes the whole range of therapies for psychiatric illnesses, e.g. art therapy, music therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy.

On our ward we also treat patients with depression with biological, non-drug procedures, e.g. sleep restriction therapy and various brain stimulation methods (repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, transcranial direct current stimulation, electroconvulsive therapy).

We offer patients with anxiety disorders both pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy (e.g. exposure exercises).


We are intensively researching the development and establishment of new treatment methods (e.g. brain stimulation, ketamine infusions) in patients with depression and are also participating in several projects funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. You can find an overview of the scientific activities of ward C1 on our research homepage.