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Treatment for Today
Knowledge for Tomorrow

Schizophrenia and related mental disorders are medical illnesses that affect the brain. Without treatment, these conditions can seriously disrupt every aspect of a person’s life. However, with proper care, symptoms can be managed, relapse can be prevented, and lasting recovery is possible.

The STEP Research Clinic focuses on maximizing recovery for those living with serious mental illness through:

  • State-of-the-art clinical care for people seeking treatment today, and
  • Research studies to advance knowledge and improve treatments for tomorrow
  • Moving forward with recovery.

Our multidisciplinary staff treats the full spectrum and course of

  • schizophrenia
  • bipolar disorder
  • depression
  • or other serious mental illness, from onset to active stages and on into recovery.

At STEP, we teach patients about their condition and symptoms, help them manage medications, and develop personal coping strategies. STEP also helps patients connect with other community programs that will move them forward with their recovery.

Clozapine Management

If other antipsychotics have not been successful in treating a person’s mental illness, clozapine may be a viable option. However, using this medication may also have serious side effects. At STEP, we provide the high level of care and monitoring to make sure clozapine is a safe and effective treatment for mental illness.

Here to Help

Based in the North Carolina Psychiatric Research Center, STEP Research Clinic services are open to residents of Wake County and the surrounding area that are at any stage of coping with schizophrenia or a related condition. All patients who attend the clinic are given the opportunity to participate in innovative treatment studies.

Download the STEP Research Clinic information card (PDF)

For appointments Call: 919-733-5227 or complete referral form (download) and fax to 919-733-5371.


Clinical Trials