Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital provides comprehensive care for adults and senior adults who are struggling with psychotic disorders. Erlanger is a leading psychotic disorder treatment center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Learn More About Psychotic Disorders
Get the facts about treatment for psychotic disorders at Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital
The psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations, delusions, catatonia, and paranoia, that accompany psychotic disorders are severe and debilitating. Living with an untreated psychotic disorder like schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, brief psychotic disorder, or delusional disorder can make it impossible to function without support. These debilitating mental illnesses cause significant impairments to mental, physical, and emotional health, and watching a loved one struggle with one of these conditions is a painful and often terrifying experience.
At Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital, we understand how psychotic disorders impact individuals and their families. Our comprehensive, individualized treatment approach balances the finest scientifically backed treatment modalities with a commitment to compassionate care that includes loved ones whenever possible.
How to Help a Loved One
Helping a loved one or family member get treatment for a psychotic disorder
If a loved one is showing signs that they might be struggling with a psychotic disorder, you may be frightened and unsure what steps to take to keep them safe. One of the cruelest aspects of this form of mental illness is the way that symptoms impact personality, maybe even causing your loved one to be nearly unrecognizable to you. This shift in personality is destabilizing for everyone, but rest assured that there are things you can do to encourage your friend or family member to access what could be lifesaving care.
- With so much misinformation about psychotic disorders, it’s important for you to gain a clearer understanding of your loved one’s illness. Read reputable websites on the topic, and/or speak to a psychiatrist or another trusted mental health professional.
- Look for treatment centers in your loved one’s area that offer specialized care and stabilization services for individuals who are suffering from psychotic disorders.
- Contact these centers to inquire about their programming, their admissions criteria and process, and assistance in helping your loved one access their services.
- As you prepare to encourage your loved one to enter treatment, don’t be surprised if you’re met with some initial resistance. Maintain a calm and supportive tone throughout these conversations, enlist the help of others, and make safety a priority.
- While your loved one is in treatment, do whatever you can to assist with practical concerns. This could include providing transportation, childcare, or pet care, or doing any other task that will help your loved one focus on recovery.
Throughout this trying time, be sure to be mindful of your own mental and physical well-being. Take care of yourself, do activities that replenish your energy, and try to maintain healthy habits. In doing so, you’ll be better equipped to support your loved one.
Why Consider Treatment
Why you should consider getting psychotic disorder treatment at Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital
Because of the severity of the symptoms of psychotic disorders, your ability to live safely and independently will be significantly impacted if you don’t seek treatment. Individuals who struggle with psychotic disorders often cannot execute basic tasks of daily living, and they cannot effectively care for themselves or others. Left untreated, these conditions will worsen over time and can even be fatal.
Fortunately, with help from a quality psychotic disorder treatment center such as Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital, you can achieve the level of stabilization you need to access other levels of care. Our individualized treatment programming process ensures that you’ll receive services and supports to address all of your symptoms, including those resulting from co-occurring conditions. The compassionate, experienced staff members at Erlanger are always here to answer any questions you may have about our programming, and to assist you in taking those critical first steps towards recovery from a psychotic disorder.
Types of Treatment Offered
Learn about therapies used in the treatment of psychotic disorders at Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital
Located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital is a state-of-the-art, inpatient mental health and addiction treatment facility. Our high-end treatment center serves multiple cities and states, including Tennessee, North Georgia, and Alabama, offering acute care for patients who need crisis stabilization in a safe and secure setting.
Surrounded by trees, fields, and seasonal flora and fauna, our hospital provides a welcoming respite for patients to begin healing from a psychotic disorder. Comfortable care rooms, courtyard areas for relaxation, and a large gymnasium for exercise and recreation offer a well-rounded treatment experience.
At Erlanger, patients receive the most innovative approach to psychotic disorder treatment, with programming that is customized to meet their individual needs.
At Erlanger, our mission is to deliver excellence in the treatment of psychotic disorders, and to improve the quality of life for those who are affected by their symptoms. We strive to deliver compassionate, effective care that empowers our patients on their unique paths to healing from psychotic disorders.
Our psychotic disorder treatment center takes great pride in our ability to provide care in a manner that best meets the needs of our patients. One way that we do this is by offering four distinct programs that allow our patients to receive treatment for psychotic disorders in a setting and amidst a population that is most reflective of their needs and stages of life.
These programs include an adult psychiatry program for patients age 18 and older, a geriatric psychiatry program for patients age 65 and older, and a dual diagnosis program for adults age 18 and older. All programs offer a fully comprehensive approach to care, incorporating a variety of evidence-based therapeutic interventions into each patient’s treatment plan. When a patient receives care for a psychotic disorder at our treatment center, they have access to the following:
Medical care: If a patient has a chronic, but stable, medical condition in addition to a psychotic disorder, we are able to offer the additional attention they need. Doctors, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses provide medical care for those patients who require these services. Patients have the ability to meet with our medical staff daily.
Medication management: Medication is often a beneficial component in treating psychotic disorders. The use of medication, however, is always determined on a case-by-case basis. For those patients who will benefit from medication, our psychotic disorder treatment center has psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses who provide medication management services. Patients can expect to meet with a psychiatrist daily.
Detoxification: For patients who are struggling with addiction concerns in addition to psychotic disorder symptoms, we offer nonmedical detoxification services on-site. Detox at our treatment center typically lasts between three and seven days. During this time, patients are also able to participate in therapeutic programming so that all of their needs are being met simultaneously. Medication-assisted treatment is also available as part of our detox services, including the use of Suboxone and Subutex. Each patient will work with their treatment team to determine whether to use these medications during detox.
Individual therapy: Licensed social workers and counselors provide confidential one-on-one individual therapy sessions for patients who are struggling with psychotic disorders. These sessions offer patients the opportunity to discuss their concerns, process their experiences in treatment, and celebrate successes as they begin recovering from psychotic disorders. The frequency of individual therapy sessions at our psychotic disorder treatment center is determined throughout the patient’s treatment planning process.
Group therapy: Group therapy is an important part of the healing process at our psychotic disorder treatment center. Our highly qualified staff members, including nurses, social workers, counselors, and activity therapists, lead several groups each day and encourage patients to actively support one another in treatment. There are a variety of groups offered, including the following:
- Recovery groups
- Community groups
- General processing groups
- Psychoeducational groups
Family therapy: When patients are struggling with psychotic disorders, it can be extremely beneficial to include their family members in the treatment process. At our psychotic disorder treatment center, licensed social workers and counselors lead family therapy sessions with patients and their loved ones. Not only does this give family members an opportunity to learn more about psychotic disorders, what their loved one is going through, and ways that they can help, but it also provides them with a safe space to discuss how their loved one’s concerns have impacted them as well.
Continuing care options for psychotic disorder treatment
Treatment does not simply end once your stay at Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital is complete. From the time that you are admitted into our psychotic disorder treatment center, your treatment team will begin creating your discharge plan, which will be updated as you progress through treatment. This plan may include referrals to step-down levels of care, information on community resources that are available to you, referrals to support groups, and anything else that your treatment team believes will help you remain successful in healing from psychotic disorders.
If you believe that you or your loved one could benefit from the care provided at our psychotic disorder treatment center, please do not hesitate to contact us today. Our knowledgeable, compassionate staff members are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer any questions you may have, explain more about our programming, and get you started in the admissions process.