When a person suffers from brief psychotic disorder, he or she experiences a brief period of delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, and disorganized behavior. These symptoms are similar to those experienced by individuals with other psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia; however, the primary difference between those disorders and brief psychotic disorder is that individuals with brief psychotic disorder do not experience symptoms before their episode and return to normal functioning after the episode is over. Episodes of brief psychotic disorder typically lasts between one day and one month and can be quite terrifying for both the person with the disorder and those who love him or her.
Fortunately, you or your loved one need not suffer alone. At Covington Behavioral Health Hospital, individuals can receive expert care delivered by a team of compassionate and experienced professionals. With the help of our hospital’s dedicated treatment team, it is possible to learn to manage the symptoms of brief psychotic disorder and live a healthier, happier life.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
When a loved one experiences brief psychotic disorder, it is normal to feel a range of emotions, from sadness to fear to confusion and a range of many other feelings. These emotions are a normal and healthy part of the coping process, but in addition to managing your own emotions, you can also take the following steps to help your loved one:
- Pay close attention to your loved one’s safety. If he or she is a danger to him- or herself or others, seek professional help immediately. While your loved one may not be happy with your decision, it is more important to keep him or her safe than to appease him or her.
- Learn as much as you can about brief psychotic disorder. Research symptoms, speak with treatment professionals, and build your repertoire of tips and tricks to help your loved one.
- Look into options for treatment at a hospital or center specializing in brief psychotic disorder. There are range of different treatment centers and hospitals that offer a variety of different treatments, so research treatment options and make a short list of a few that may be a good fit for your loved one.
- If possible, or between episodes, discuss your list of treatment centers and hospitals with your loved one. Try your best to be patient and empathic with him or her and remember that he or she may be afraid and confused about his or her symptoms. Reinforce your desire to support him or her, and encourage your loved one to seek the help he or she needs.
- When your loved one decides to enter treatment at his or her chosen center or hospital for brief psychotic disorder, help him or her by arranging for transportation, setting up appointments with treatment center staff, accompanying your loved one to appointments, and trying to anticipate and take care of any logistical issues that may arise during his or her transition into treatment.
- As tempting as it may be to focus solely on your loved one, do not forget to take care of yourself as well. Eat healthy and get regular exercise and adequate sleep. In addition, make time for your hobbies and other activities that give you energy. This is also not the time to go it alone, so seek out the support of family and close friends. You might also consider starting individual therapy or joining a support group.
Why Consider Treatment at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital
Brief psychotic disorder can have a dramatic impact on a person’s ability to function independently. Depending on the frequency of episodes of brief psychotic disorder, maintaining one’s job may be challenging or impossible, possibly resulting in demotion, job loss, and long-term financial struggles. One’s social and romantic relationships may be strained, and the individual may be at risk for other mental health disorders and suicidal thoughts or behavior. Fortunately, however, many people with brief psychotic disorder are able to maintain their relationships and are able to function well between episodes. That being said, during episodes of brief psychotic disorder, individuals can be all but incapacitated by their symptoms and can require the help of a professional treatment team at a high-quality hospital or center.
Types of Treatment Offered at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital
At Covington Behavioral Health Hospital, we are committed to helping individuals overcome the symptoms of brief psychotic disorder. Our hospital is a licensed 60-bed treatment center, and we specialize in treating adults who are experiencing acute changes in their emotional and mental well-being.
Our primary methods of treatment at our center include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), psychoeducation, creative therapies, crisis intervention, solution-focused treatment, and medication management. Patients follow a regular daily schedule. A typical day at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital includes a morning wake-up, breakfast, and groups until 3:30 with patio breaks and a lunch break. Evenings feature dinner, movie/TV time, phone time, snacks, and a wrap-up group before bed.
With a focus on individualized care and effective interventions, we pride ourselves on the quality of treatment we provide at our center. Under the direction of our psychiatrist, our interdisciplinary team develops individualized care plans that address the unique strengths and challenges that each of our patients face. Each patient’s care plan may include some or all of the following interventions:
Medication management: Individuals who would benefit from treatment with medications meet with our psychiatrist and nursing staff on a regular basis to help them manage their medication. We also ensure our patients at our center are provided with attentive support. We pride ourselves on exceeding CMS and Medicare standards for frequency of meetings with psychiatrists, as we provide our patients with daily medication management visits.
Detoxification: While we are not a substance abuse treatment center, Covington Behavioral Health Hospital provides detox services for individuals who have been struggling with the abuse of alcohol, prescription painkillers, and other drugs. After detox is complete, individuals are expected to continue with our acute inpatient services.
Individual therapy: Patients in the inpatient program may meet with a member of our social service staff (LCSW, LMSW, LPC, or PLPC) or nursing staff (RN or LPN) for individual therapy as needed. During these sessions, individuals are able to discuss pressing issues, receive support, and work through issues that they may not feel comfortable discussing in groups at our center. These sessions are a strong asset for helping individuals learn to manage the symptoms of brief psychotic disorder.
Group therapy: Groups are in many ways the foundation of treatment at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital. Groups allow individuals to share their experiences, learn from others, and give and receive support. Led by our social services staff, nursing staff, activity therapists, and mental health technicians, we offer a range of groups such as:
- Psychoeducation groups provide information about brief psychotic disorder and other issues of interest to our patients.
- Process groups help patients process their emotions and practice new skills and ways of relating to others.
- Activity groups give patients opportunities to use their bodies and exercise as well as socialize with each other and participate in many other activities.
- Dietary groups help our patients learn how to use a healthy diet to benefit their mental health.
Our center provides at least five groups per day and sometimes also offer additional groups depending on the needs of our patients.
Family therapy: Mental illnesses such as brief psychotic disorder do not just affect individuals, but entire families. As a result, we are happy to provide family therapy services for individuals in our care on an as-needed basis. Led by case managers, these sessions help family members manage conflict and other issues that may be preventing them from having close, cohesive, supportive relationships.
Our goal is to provide the effective, comprehensive care that can help individuals learn to manage the symptoms of brief psychotic disorder, stabilize during crisis, and move toward a healthier and happier future.
If you or someone you love may benefit from our services, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to answering any questions you may have and helping you determine if Covington Behavioral Health Hospital is the place for you or your loved one to find healing.