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Psychosis

Psychosis is a loss of contact with reality that may include:

  • False beliefs about what is taking place and who you are (delusions)
  • Seeing or hearing things that aren't there (hallucinations)

About 4 percent of the world's adult population suffers from psychosis. It may be caused by medical or neurologic problems, or it may arise from problems with drugs and alcohol. Psychosis can be a symptom of psychiatric disorders like:

 Our Team

Our clinicians are experts in caring for patients with psychosis. Every clinician on our team has expertise, skills and credentials to care for patients with psychosis. Our team includes psychiatrists, an Advanced Practice Nurse, and psychiatrists-in-training. Members of the team include:

Sean Conrin MD
Adriana Magana, Program Services Aide

Treatment

Evaluation and treatment planning 

Our expertise in diagnostic assessment results in a treatment plan that is tailored to the patient. Treatment planning also includes family and others whose lives are affected by the patient's condition. Lines of communication with family and friends are established, while respecting each patient's confidentiality. Our recovery-oriented approach focuses on the patient's personal goals, considered an essential part of the treatment planning process.

Treating psychotic disorders with medication 

Usually medications alone are not sufficient to recover from persistent psychosis. Yet medications are usually an essential part of the overall treatment program. We strive for state-of-the-art medications, designed to effectively control symptoms with as little side effect as possible. We have vast expertise with clozapine, a medication shown to be uniquely effective when all other medications fail. We also offer long-acting antipsychotic medications via injection, especially helpful for patients who have frequent relapses.

Continuity of care beyond hospitalization 

We try to avoid acute inpatient hospitalization as much as possible, but sometimes hospitalization is necessary. A crucial piece of each patient's treatment is communication between inpatient and outpatient services. Because our physicians have inpatient and outpatient responsibilities, they are keenly focused on a smooth transition in care following hospital discharge.

For more information or to schedule an initial evaluation, call 312.996-2200.

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