The word psychosis describes experiences, such as hearing or seeing things or holding unusual beliefs, which other people don’t experience or share. For many people, these psychotic experiences can be highly distressing and disruptive, interfering with everyday life, conversations, relationships, and finding or keeping a job.
Almost anyone can have a brief psychotic episode; experiences are surprisingly common. Psychosis can range from an individual occurrence to a succession of psychotic episodes that could be diagnosed as a psychotic illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
Psychotic episodes are treatable and sufferers can make a complete recovery so please seek treatment for your psychosis.
Our treatment approach for psychosis
Our approach to treating psychosis combines individualised treatment programmes with treatments based on current clinical evidence. There are two types of psychosis treatment available: talking therapies and antipsychotic medication.
Counselling allows you to talk about your psychotic experiences and ways of coming to terms with them, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can put your experiences in context, help you to understand them and test your beliefs about them. Psychodynamic psychotherapy looks in more depth to try and identify unconscious and subconscious reasons behind your psychosis. Arts therapies may help you to express how you are feeling if you are having difficulty talking, drama therapy may help you to come to terms with traumatic events that you may have experienced through your psychosis in the past and family therapy can help you and your family cope better.
Antipsychotic medication can weaken delusions and hallucinations and also help you think more clearly. The aim should be to help reduce psychotic symptoms by using the lowest possible dose for the shortest possible time. Medication may not stop you experiencing the symptoms of psychosis, but it may make you feel calmer and less troubled by them.
If your psychosis is associated with severe depression, you are likely to be treated with antidepressants, and if your diagnosis is bipolar disorder you may be given a mood stabilising drug. Both of these types of medication may be combined with an antipsychotic.
Psychosis treatment tailored to you at Nightingale Hospital London
Our treatments for psychosis here in London can be as an outpatient, day patient or inpatient. We have the expertise to approach the support and psychosis treatment we offer you in a personal and flexible way to benefit you the most in your recovery.
Through therapy, medication and alternative approaches such as meditation, relaxation, arts therapies, sleep therapy and physical therapies we aim to give you knowledge and coping skills for dealing with your psychosis effectively.
Nightingale Hospital London has a number of Consultant Psychiatrists and Therapists that can help you through your psychosis. It is vital you find a psychosis specialist that you can trust and work with on your recovery. If you cannot find the information you need on psychosis specialists and psychosis treatment programmes we would welcome your call so you feel secure in the decisions you make.
Please contact us confidentially on 020 7535 7700 24 hours a day.