About the Psychosis Centre at the UKE
The Psychosis Centre at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the University hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf is a service focusing on the treatment of persons with beginning, first or recurrent psychosis and persons with bipolar disorder.
The Psychosis Centre includes a psychosis outpatient centre, a special inpatient ward for psychosis, a crisis day clinic for young adults and adolescents, a general day clinic and a so called home treatment team. It cooperates with the Working group 'Clinical Neuropsychology'. In the framework of Integrated Care, private psychiatrists and other cooperation partners are involved in the treatment.
The Psychosis Centre translates knowledge gained from clinical practice and research activities into high-quality treatment. Its objective is the improvement of early detection and treatment in order to promote reintegration and quality of life in patients and their families.
Goals of the Psychosis Centre
- Early detection and treatment before full manifestation of the illness
- Better access to treatment and reduction of treatment delays
- Treatment availability as comprehensive as possible right from the start
- Reduction of frequency and severity of relapses
- Reduction of secondary comorbidity such as addiction, depression or suicidality
- Reduction of impaired fitness for work and ability for social integration
- Reduction of impaired psychosocial development in young patients
- Promotion of integration and well-being in relatives and reduction of strain caused by the illness
Goals of the treatment
- To understand the individual reasons for psychosis or bipolar disorder and to provide support in resolving them
- To understand psychotic and concomitant symptoms in the life context and to treat them
- To provide information and counselling for the patients and their relatives
- To diminish disruption in the patient's life caused by the illness
- Best possible and comprehensive support to improve or heal the illness