Clinical Department & Center

Psychiatry and Neurology


The Department of Psychiatry and Neurology was established by Yushi Uchimura (eldest son of Kanzo Uchimura, who was closely associated with Hokkaido University) in 1928, and a clinic was opened in November of the same year.
The department has since lived up to its name as the center of mental health care in Hokkaido.
At our department, approximately 80 staff members, including roughly 30 doctors, nurses, clinical psychotherapists, psychiatric social workers and occupational therapists, are now engaged in medical care with the hope of helping people with mental disease.


At the outpatient clinic and inpatient ward of Psychiatry and Neurology the aim is to achieve holistic and comprehensive medicine; and effort is put into creating a bright and open atmosphere so that patients can receive treatment and recuperate without worries.
Our department covers diverse metal diseases across all generations from childhood/adolescence to old age, and is equipped with facilities to provide consultations and treatment to mental patients with concomitant physical disorders in cooperation with Internal Medicine, Surgery and other departments. It also serves as the center for the treatment of epilepsy in Hokkaido.
We provide medical care that combines biological treatment, such as drug therapy, and psychosocial treatment, including psychotherapy and psychiatric rehabilitation.   
We introduced drug therapy in the 1950s, ahead of other institutions in Japan, and it has been remarkably effective to improve the symptoms of many patients.
With psychotherapy, we listen to patients as they describe their problems and pain and seek specific and realistic solutions.  
We have also introduced psychiatric rehabilitation for social reintegration, such as day care and occupational therapy, ahead of other university hospitals in Japan with much success.   
In recent years, we have worked on our own return-to-work support program that combines occupational therapy, group therapy and psychoeducation (disease study meeting) to help patients who have taken medical leave due to depression can smoothly return to work.
Doctors, nurses, clinical psychotherapists, psychiatric social workers and occupational therapists form a team to provide these various treatments.

Major tests and equipment


Electroencephalography, MRI, SPECT, PET, magnetoencephalography, evoked potential, cognitive function tests and psychological tests


Facilities for exercise therapy, long-term video-EEG monitoring unit

Medical care results

Outpatients: average of more than 200 outpatients per day, the largest number of all clinical departments
Wards: open ward: 40 beds, isolation ward: 32 beds
Specialty outpatient clinics: epilepsy clinic, liaison clinic, recovery clinic, etc.
Psychiatric rehabilitation: day care, occupational therapy, return-to-work support program for depression, etc.