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Psychosis

Psychosis is a medical emergency and means that a person has lost touch with reality. Prompt and effective care and treatment is critical and depends on identifying the cause. Beacon Health System has the specialized experience and training to safely care for people with psychosis and to diagnose and treat it effectively.

What is Psychosis?

People with psychosis may have:

  • Highly disorganized thought and speech
  • Beliefs, fears or suspicions that are not based in reality (delusions)
  • Hearing, seeing or feeling things that are not there (hallucinations)
  • Irrational and harmful behavior that can endanger themselves and others

Treating Psychosis

Psychosis can be caused by brain disease, alcohol or drugs, or by other physical or mental conditions, such as schizophrenia or stroke. The cause is identified through psychiatric evaluation and testing. Brain scans and laboratory testing, including blood tests, may also be used. Treatment depends on the cause, and may include medication such as antipsychotics. People with psychosis must be supervised in a safe and secure environment.

Beacon Health System offers comprehensive testing and treatment for psychosis, including inpatient psychiatric care with constant monitoring and supervision. Our team draws on our system-wide resources to restore mental and physical stability and well-being for people with psychosis so they can get back to their lives and loved ones.