Stabilization and Treatment for Psychosis
Psychosis is a group of symptoms that are associated with a range of mental health conditions, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder with psychotic features.
The symptoms of psychosis can vary from person to person, but some common signs include:
- Delusions: false beliefs that are not based on reality.
- Hallucinations: experiencing things that are not there, such as hearing voices or seeing things.
- Disorganized thinking: difficulty concentrating or making sense of thoughts.
Disorganized speech: speaking in a way that is difficult to understand.
- Changes in behavior: sudden changes in behavior or mood.
Causes of Psychosis
Psychotic episodes are believed to be triggered by a combination of genetic, environmental, and neurological factors. Some common risk factors include a family history of psychosis, substance abuse, trauma, substance abuse, and high levels of stress.
Many experience drug-induced psychosis either as a side effect of substances or abuse and overdose. Here are some common substances that are known to have this potential:
- Stimulants: Stimulant drugs, such as amphetamines (Adderall, Dexedrine) and cocaine, can induce psychosis when taken in high doses or for an extended period. The psychosis can manifest as hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia.
- Hallucinogens: Hallucinogenic drugs, such as LSD, psilocybin (magic mushrooms), and PCP, can cause psychotic symptoms, including hallucinations and delusions. These symptoms may persist even after the drug has worn off, leading to what is known as a “flashback.”
- Cannabis: Cannabis use has been linked to an increased risk of developing psychotic disorders, particularly in individuals who are vulnerable to these conditions. The psychoactive compound in cannabis, THC, can cause hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia.
- medications: Certain prescription medications, such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, and steroids, can cause drug-induced psychosis as a side effect. This is more likely to occur when the medication is taken in high doses or for an extended period.
Essential Stabilization of Psychosis
When an individual experiences a psychotic episode, it is crucial to provide essential stabilization. A residential setting can be particularly beneficial for individuals who require 24-hour care and support. We treat and stabilize patients experiencing psychosis through medication and therapy. Medications such as antipsychotics are used to reduce the severity of symptoms, while therapy can help individuals learn coping skills, manage stress, and improve communication and social skills.
24-Hour Psychosis Stabilization
When an individual experiences a psychotic episode, it is crucial to provide essential stabilization. We provide 24-hour care and support, which can be particularly beneficial for individuals who require intensive care during a psychotic episode. Our care includes inpatient treatment, medication management, and intensive therapy. Therapy includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Family Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and our psychiatrists work closely with patients to develop a medication plan that meets their needs.