About 4% of the world’s adult population suffers from a condition where psychosis is a major problem. Sometimes psychosis may be from medical or neurologic problems, or may arise from problems with drugs and alcohol. Sometime psychosis is part of psychiatric disorders which might include conditions like schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder with psychosis.
Anchor Point Clinic (Psychotic Disorders Program) provides a Consultative Specialty Service for patients, family members or treating clinicians who would like a second opinion.We also have a program that focuses on the needs of persons who have recently started treatment for psychosis. Additionally, we have a program for patients with persistent symptoms of psychosis which sometimes can be helped with a medication known as clozapine. The Anchor Point Clinic (Psychotic Disorders Program) has a Metabolic Monitoring Clinic at NPI that is staffed with a Physician from Internal Medicine to provide medical care and monitor your weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol. Appointments can be scheduled on the same day as your appointment with your psychiatrist.
Initial diagnostic evaluation and treatment planning
We provide expertise in diagnostic assessment and recommendations for future treatment planning. Our belief is that overall treatment planning involves not just the patient but all of those whose lives are affected by the condition. Also, we endorse a recovery-oriented approach where, as much as possible, we involve person’s own personal goals as being an essential part of the treatment planning process.
Individual, Family and Group therapy sessions are all available in the Psychosis Treatment Program. We offer conventional therapies in addition to specialize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis.
Expertise in the pharmacologic treatment of psychotic disorders
While medications alone are usually not sufficient by themselves to help someone recover from persistent psychosis, medications are usually an essential part of the overall treatment program. We endeavor to provide state-of-the-art pharmacologic treatment, with medication selection designed to control symptoms as much as possible with as little side effect burden as possible. We have expertise in clozapine, a medication that can be uniquely effective for persistent symptoms when all other medications fail. We also offer long-acting antipsychotic medications given by injection, which can be very helpful for patients who have frequent relapses of their condition.
Involvement of family and other supports in treatment planning
We believe in communicating with family members who often support the person in his or her recovery treatment plan. As part of the initial evaluation, we review lines of communication and endeavor to respect the person's confidentiality while at the same time working with the family formulate the best treatment plan possible.
Continuity of care between acute inpatient hospitalization and outpatient treatment
While we try to avoid hospitalization as much as possible, sometimes hospitalization is necessary. We have found that communication between inpatient and outpatient services is a very important part of comprehensive treatment planning. Our physicians all have inpatient and outpatient responsibilities which greatly enhances continuity of care for patients who received both inpatient and outpatient treatment at our program.
Consultative Specialty Service
Many patients, family members or treating clinicians request Consultative or second opinions from Attending Physicians who specialize in the treatment of complex psychiatric conditions. Our Attending Physicians specialize in the treatment of Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective, Bipolar Disorder with psychosis, First Episode Psychosis, and other related conditions with symptoms of psychosis. The Consultative Specialty Service provides an outpatient comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and specific treatment options for patients, families, and treating clinicians.
The Consultative Specialty Service consists of a comprehensive psychiatric diagnostic evaluations including an in-depth interview of the patient and family members, pharmacological review of current and past treatments, medical and psychiatric history, diagnostic testing such as laboratory studies, brain imaging, electroencephalography, psychological testing, if indicated. Additionally, the Consultative Specialty Service provides assessment of cognition, trauma, alcohol and substance use; social, educational and occupational history and personal strengths, weaknesses and preferences as they relate to treatment options.
Upon completion of the comprehensive diagnostic evaluation, the Consultative Specialty Service will provide a detailed written summary of diagnosis, summary of patient and family interviews, results of any laboratory studies with pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment recommendations.
Dr. Rajiv P. Sharma is a Research Professor of Psychiatry. Over the past 30 years, he has examined multiple aspects of the schizophrenia illness, including clinical presentations, biochemical studies (hormones, immune molecules, monoamine metabolites, neuropeptides), as well as molecular studies in living subjects, postmortem brain samples, and cell studies. His research is funded by NIH. He is currently focusing on the dissection of epigenetic gene regulation in schizophrenia, pertaining to immune function, cognition, treatment response.
Dr. Marvin is the embodiment of the new direction academic psychiatrists are working towards at the University of Illinois Medical Center. Having trained at University of Wisconsin for medical school, he came to Illinois for his Psychiatry Residency Training. After graduation in 1999, he stayed on as Assistant Professor and became active in the clinical and educational missions of the department.
Joining the University in 2009, Dr. Leow received clinical training in Psychiatry and research training in biomedical imaging, both at UCLA. Having co-authored more than 70 articles, Dr. Leow's current research interests focus on developing novel probabilistic reconstruction, tractography, and network analyses techniques for high angular resolution diffusion imaging (HARDI) and their clinical applications.
Dr. Lloyd grew up in the Chicago area and went to undergrad in New York City. She then returned to Chicago to complete her medical and psychiatric training at UIC, where she has enjoyed learning from her patients, and working alongside colleagues who are passionate about promoting health equity in the surrounding communities. Her primary interests lie in treating severe mental illness and its frequent companion, catatonia, in underserved populations. As faculty at UIH, she will divide her time between directly supervising residents on the inpatient unit, providing consultative services for psychiatrists looking to refer patients for treatment with ECT, delivering ECT, supervising resident-run clinics, directing the M3 psychiatry clerkship at UIH, and caring for some of her own outpatient medication management and psychotherapy patients.
Dr. Cherise Rosen has conducted extensive research on aspects involving the symptoms and longitudinal course of psychosis. Her research has focused on the phenomenological constructs of psychosis, hallucinations, delusions, metacognition and self-disturbances. Much of Dr. Rosen’s research follows mixed-methods research designs to elucidate findings that include the subjective experience. Additionally, her research also investigates the underlying epigenetic mechanisms of psychosis.
King's College London, Institute of Pshychiatry
Free Online Course for Family Members & Caregivers
Families Healing Together connects families around the world in a shared purpose of broadening perspectives on mental health and emotional distress. Courses are facilatated by persons in recovery and have both personal and professional experience with mental health.
The NASMHPD Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) is a virtual resource center is designed to provide reliable information for practitioners, policymakers, individuals, families, and communities in order to foster more widespread adoption and utilization of early intervention programming for persons at risk for (or experiencing a first episode of) psychosis. The site includes information from a national RWJF-funded demonstration to identify and prevent the onset of psychotic illness – the Early Detection and Intervention for the Prevention of Psychosis Program (EDIPPP) ¬– as well as other early intervention initiatives.
Early Assessment & Support Alliance is a virtual resource center for practitioners, policymakers, individuals, families, and communities to provide up-to-date resources.
The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) was developed by a group of people who experience mental health challenges. These people learned that they can identify what makes them well, and then use their own Wellness Tools to relieve difficult feelings and maintain wellness. The result has been recovery and long-term stability. Your WRAP® program is designed by you in practical, day-to-day terms, and holds the key to getting and staying well. It does not necessarily replace traditional treatments, but can be used as a compliment to any other treatment options you have chosen.
The SAMHSA-funded Recovery to Practice (RTP) initiative includes two complementary components: Recovery‐oriented training materials for the identified mental health professions and Resource Center for all mental health professionals complete with recovery-oriented web‐based and print materials, training, and technical assistance for professionals engaged in the transformation process. The Recovery to Practice project was created for more than those who provide peer support services; it was created for all of the professions involved in the delivery of mental health and behavioral health care.
The Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) is a credential for persons with lived experience of mental health challenges, who wish to provide support to others in their recovery journey. A person with the CRSS credential uses unique insights gained through personal recovery experience. The CRSS credential assures competence in advocacy, professional responsibility, mentoring, and recovery support. Persons with the CRSS credential are employed specifically to use their personal recovery experiences to facilitate and support the recoveries of others and to help shape the mental health system to be more person-centered and empowering.
A web site for young people who have had mental health issues that emphasizes peer support and networking. “The Icarus Project envisions a new culture and language that resonates with our actual experiences of 'mental illness' rather than trying to fit our lives into a conventional framework.”
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill national web site
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Chicago
Information about schizophrenia from a very reliable websource.
The oldest – and probably best – schizophrenia site that is managed by a family member.
A world renowned rehabilitation program with many faculties and programs in the greater Chicago area.
This is the Illinois department of mental health website that can get you started on services and policies for persons with serious mental illness living in Illinois.
This is the most extensive international resource on hearing voices you can find on the web. This information includes both ways of overcoming the difficulties faced by people who hear voices, as well as the more positive aspects of the experience and its cultural and historical significance.
Is a nationally-based networks around the world joined by shared goals and values, incorporating a fundamental belief that there are many ways to understand the experience of hearing voices and other unusual or extreme experiences. It is part of an international collaboration between professionals, people with lived experience, and their families to develop an alternative approach to coping with emotional distress that is empowering and useful to people, and does not start from the assumption that they have a chronic illness.
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