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Dr. Robert M. Post

Founder, Bipolar Collaborative Network

Professor of Psychiatry,

George Washington University School of Medicine

Dr. Post provides one-time consultations for children and adults with difficult-to-treat mood disorders such as unipolar depression and bipolar disorder. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he is providing consults via telemedicine.   


Dr. Post will take a detailed mood and medication history and suggest new medication approaches. He will provide a full write up of his recommendations which can be implemented by the treating physician. Recommendations will include a progressive series of suggested treatments, including backup options in case the initial treatment options do not provide optimal results. Consults typically take about two hours.

Brief histories from physicians, especially of medications, are very helpful and can be emailed to or faxed to 301-652-6716.

Dr. Post has opted out of Medicare and Medicaid. He will send a bill that can be submitted to a private insurance company, though their reimbursements vary greatly.



Dr. Post has committed his career, including 35 years at the NIMH, 20 of those as Chief of the Biological Psychiatry Branch, to bettering the understanding and treatment of refractory unipolar and bipolar illness. Dr. Post helped pioneer the use of the anticonvulsant carbamazepine as treatment for lithium-resistant patients with bipolar disorder. He has won major awards from the Society of Biological Psychiatry, APA, ACNP, Anna Monika Foundation, NARSAD, NDMDA, and NAMI, as well as numerous international associations.


Dr. Post founded the International Stanley Foundation Bipolar Network (now the Bipolar Collaborative Network). He is on multiple editorial boards and has published more than 1,000 manuscripts. He is the author of “Treatment of Bipolar Illness: A Casebook for Clinicians and Patients,” published by Norton in 2008, and is editor of the Bipolar Network News (BNN), a quarterly newsletter available online at  


Dr. Post graduated from Yale University in 1964, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1968, and interned at the Einstein School of Medicine in 1969. His Psychiatry residency was completed at the Massachusetts General Hospital, NIMH, and George Washington University.  

Currently, Dr. Post is in private practice providing one-time consultations for hard-to-treat mood disorders including childhood-onset bipolar illness.


For appointments & to request or send medical records

Contact Dr. Post's assistant, Katrin Kutlucinar



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