Simplifying Psychosis and Finding Effective Care - MedCircle

Simplifying Psychosis and Finding Effective Care

5 Sessions

Psychosis triggers a break from reality. There are many other causes aside from schizophrenia. Discover the true causes & how to combat them in this series.

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5 Sessions

Psychosis triggers a break from reality. There are many other causes aside from schizophrenia. Discover the true causes & how to combat them in this series.

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About the Series

Psychosis signals a break from reality. Even before a full-blown episode of psychosis occurs, early psychosis (i.e. “primordial psychosis”) displays telltale signs and symptoms that all-too-often go unnoticed.

This misconception can have serious consequences. Psychosis is associated with self-harm, depressive thinking, suicidal ideation, and other serious mental health issues. Early intervention is critical.

That early intervention requires an in-depth understanding of how to spot the signs and various causes of psychosis.

In fact, many people default to thinking psychosis is a sign of schizophrenia. While this is sometimes the case, psychosis can actually be caused by a wide range of issues that are not linked to schizophrenia at all.

This series provides in-depth education on those signs and causes–as well as treatments and prevention strategies.

Psychosis is highly stigmatized, and most people assume the outcomes for those suffering are hopeless. But this is far from the truth–psychosis is caused by a range of different factors, and there are effective treatment options available.

Whether you’re a supporter or a sufferer, this series will give you tools to cope with psychosis and set yourself up for better mental health outcomes in the short- and long-term.

The brain is an organ, just like the heart...if your heart’s not working well, you can have high blood pressure…[and] if the brain’s not working well, it can malfunction… it’s something doctors can treat, and there are effective medications.

Dr. Domenick Sportelli

Dr. Domenick Sportelli

Who Is This For?

Loved ones and families of those who have experienced psychosis, or even those who may be at risk for psychosis later in life, will gain invaluable, actionable insight from this series.

Individuals who have experienced an episode of psychosis, or feel they may be at risk of psychosis, will learn how to spot the signs of psychosis and what questions to ask their healthcare provider to ensure the best care possible.

Healthcare professionals and first responders will gain an in-depth understanding of the process a psychiatrist uses to rule out and treat the triggers and types of psychosis.

Some of What You Will Learn

  • An in-depth walk-through of the process psychiatrists use to rule out the different causes of psychosis

  • What early psychosis (vs. full-blown acute psychosis) looks like - and the symptoms at each phase of its progression

  • The many different causes of psychosis and how to spot the behaviors of each

  • The other mental health issues of which psychosis is a symptom and how psychosis looks different in each one

  • How to help a loved one during a psychotic episode

  • How to ensure your healthcare provider is doing the adequate tests and asking the right questions in order to prevent and treat psychosis—and keep psychosis at bay

  • Medications for psychosis, and how each medication works for different types of psychosis

Session Overview

  • Session1

    Psychosis 101: What a Psychotic Episode Looks Like

    Dr. Dom kicks off the series by providing foundational knowledge you need on psychosis. He walks through how it’s different from schizophrenia, how long a psychotic episode lasts, potential long-term outcomes for someone with psychosis, and more.

    9m
  • Session2

    Causes of Psychosis and How to Rule Them Out

    Dr. Dom breaks down the psychiatric, scientific, biological, and behavioral causes of psychosis. He also shares the mental health disorders that can lead to psychosis and provides a thorough inside look at a physician’s process for ruling out the different causes of psychosis.

    19m
  • Session3

    The 3 Phases of Psychosis and Warning Signs of Each

    Dr. Dom walks through each phase of psychosis. He explains the behavioral signs of each phase and how to spot them.

    10m
  • Session4

    Short- and Long-Term Treatment Options for Psychosis

    What is the most effective treatment option for someone experiencing psychosis? Dr. Dom answers this question and more in this session. He also explains the signs that treatment is actually working, and when therapy should play a role.

    10m
  • Session5

    How to Effectively Intervene During a Psychotic Episode

    In our final session, Dr. Dom breaks down the steps to take if a loved one is in the middle of a psychotic episode. He shares key communication and intervention strategies during this escalated situation.

    6m