What is Psychosis?

People experiencing psychosis have trouble distinguishing what is real from what is not – like seeing, hearing and experiencing things others do not. Psychosis is more common than people think, affecting 3 out of 100 people at some stage in their life. It frequently appears in late adolescence and early adulthood. If you feel like something is off, trust yourself and reach out for help.

Who are you here for?

I’m here for myself!

Are you experiencing psychosis?

Early diagnosis and treatment can be life changing, and provides the best hope for long‐term recovery. The longer symptoms go untreated, the greater impact they may have on your life. Symptoms may vary from person to person. If things just don’t feel right, trust yourself and reach out for help.

Psychosis may look like:

  • irritability
  • feeling anxious
  • mood changes
  • feeling sad or depressed
  • being overwhelmed
  • withdrawing socially from friends and family
  • difficulty concentrating
  • lacking motivation
  • disorganization in memory, thoughts or behavior
  • misusing alcohol/drugs
  • sleep difficulties
  • declining hygiene
  • changes in eating habits
  • uneasiness around others
  • lack of self-worth
  • self-harm
  • changes in thinking or perceptions
  • seeing, hearing or tasting things others do not
 
What can Insight by Oaklawn do for me?

Insight is a recovery‐oriented treatment program with Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) for anyone diagnosed with psychosis in its early stages. The program serves individuals at least 14 years of age who have experienced psychosis (excluding substance‐induced psychosis) within the last five years. Using a team‐based approach, our psychiatric providers, therapists, and case managers work with you to help you create and reach the recovery goals you feel are important to living a fulfilling life. Some of your experiences may feel overwhelming and at times even scary. We are here to help you in a judgement‐free space. With your input, we will create a plan to ensure you can move towards recovery and live fully again.

 

How do I get started?

To see if Insight is the right fit for you, visit one of our Open Access clinics. For more details, including what to bring with you to this walk-in visit, visit oaklawn.org/access.

I’m here for a loved one!

Is someone you know experiencing psychosis?

Someone experiencing symptoms may not understand what is happening to them or know that things they are experiencing are not real. In these situations, they will not understand that they need help or treatment. Supporting them and providing empathy through these situations can help them through an episode. It is also important for you to understand this medical condition.

Friends and loved ones can make a big difference in recovery. It is important to be supportive of the person experiencing psychosis, if you are unsure where to start, follow this acronym.

L E A P   – Listen, Empathize, Agree, Partner

  • Listen to what your loved one is saying about what they are experiencing.
  • Empathize with what they are saying and experiencing.
  • Agree that they are seeing, hearing and experiencing what they are experiencing, but you do not see, hear or experience those things yourself.
  • Partner with your loved one to create a plan on how to help them.
 
What can Insight by Oaklawn do for them?

Insight is a recovery‐oriented treatment program with Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) for anyone diagnosed with psychosis in its early stages. The program serves individuals at least 14 years of age who have experienced psychosis (excluding substance‐induced psychosis) within the last five years. Using a team‐based approach, our psychiatric providers, therapists, and case managers work with them to help them create and reach the recovery goals they feel are important to living a fulfilling life. Some of their experiences may feel overwhelming and at times even scary. We are here to help them in a judgement‐free space. With your input, we will create a plan to ensure you can move towards recovery and live fully again.

 

How do we get started?

If your friend or loved one is willing to receive treatment, you can bring them to one of Oaklawn’s Open Access clinics and ask our staff about the Insight program. For more details, including what to bring with you to this walk-in visit, visit oaklawn.org/access.

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574-533-1234

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574-283-1234

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