What treatments are available when you are dealing with psychosis, trauma or mood symptoms, and which treatment is best for you? This can be quite a search. Here you will find information about who you may encounter, what treatment methods are available and what to do in a crisis.

Help from specialists

There are various types of care providers. Think of a psychiatrist, psychologist, therapist, nurse or an expert by experience. In addition, there are various types of therapy.

different kinds of treatments for psychosis

Regular treatments include psychotherapy, cognitive therapy (CBT), trauma therapy (such as EMDR), and interpersonal therapy (IPT). Psychotherapy can help with symptoms of psychosis, depression, mania or stress. Trauma therapy may be needed if you have symptoms due to shocking, intense, negative experiences (traumas).

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of behavioral therapy. It is suitable for various problems such as anxiety, depression and psychosis. ACT aims to stop the futile struggle with unpleasant thoughts, emotions and physical sensations.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a thinking and doing therapy. Talk therapy is supplemented by exercises and behavioral experiments in everyday life.

  • EMDR.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is specifically used when symptoms have arisen as a result of a concrete event. Especially when thinking about this event still evokes unpleasant emotions.

With schema therapy it is possible to change old complicated behavior patterns into desired behavior.

  • Mindfulness.

Mindfulness is an ancient form of meditation in which you practice the art of being present with full attention in the here-and-now. In mindfulness you learn to be in the present with your attention without distraction and without judgment to what you feel or think.

  • Psychotherapy.

Psychotherapy is an umbrella term for a number of regular forms of therapy that use certain conversational techniques. In a psychotherapeutic treatment, the conversation between the client and caregiver is central.

  • Running Therapy.

Running therapy uses running as a means to increase your psychological resilience. Running therapy can be given in a group but also individually.

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  • Schedule therapy.

With schema therapy it is possible to change old complicated behavior patterns into desired behavior. It is a therapy that works well with people who have a lot of difficulty with the emotional processing of information. And with the behaviors this triggers and evokes.

  • Systemic Therapy.

When you receive systemic therapy, you discuss with your therapist your own position in relation to others. You also discuss how you can positively influence the position within the system to which you belong.

  • Occupational therapy.

Occupational therapy includes several types of therapy. These include visual therapy, drama therapy, music therapy and psychomotor therapy (PMT for short). But also therapies dance therapy, child therapy and play therapy.

  • Haptotherapy.

Haptotherapy is an application of the doctrine of haptonomy. It focuses on complaints that have to do with the balance between feeling, thinking and doing. Through touch by the therapist, emotions in the body can become perceptible.

Trauma treatment

After a drastic, negative experience you can develop psychological symptoms such as depression and anxiety. Sometimes you notice this immediately, sometimes not until much later. When these symptoms persist or get worse, it is good to seek help.

Alternative care

In addition to regular treatment methods, there are several alternative options to complement your therapy. The Yucel method, for example, or family constellations.

Early Intervention Psychosis (VIP)

VIP stands for: Early Intervention Psychosis. A VIP team aims to treat psychotic symptoms as soon as possible after they occur in (especially) young people. In this way, aggravation is prevented.

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(F)ACT stands for (Flexible) Assertive Community Treatment. ACT and FACT teams make early and proactive contact with people with serious mental health problems. This happens especially when there are strong indications that someone is struggling in multiple life domains. Social workers from an ACT and FACT team visit people at home to offer them support. With RACT, there is special emphasis on resource groups

Social holding and resource groups

By social holding, we mean that in psychosis, the behaviour is not always linear and can lead to a social conflict that can be disruptive, for example because it results in an admission, police intervention or eviction. Social holding means creating a social buffer so that the person can hold his own, develop and build on perspective.

Network thinking means mapping someone’s formal and informal relationships and social possibilities with a HONI (Recovery Support Network Intake). A resource group can be explored with the patient.

Voluntary and forced admission

When someone is admitted, their own willingness has a great influence on how they are admitted. A person who is admitted voluntarily has to deal with different legal frameworks than someone who is forcibly admitted against his will.

Psychosis, Recovery colleges

A recovery college is an special places run by experts by experience. They help patients with the difficult process of learning to live with a serious mental illness. A Recovery College does not use a treatment model, but a training model: learning to live with psychosis sensitivity requires training. That training you get from people who have experienced it themselves, ‘facilitators’. You learn things like: seeing perspective, connecting with others, seeing yourself as someone who is worth something and has something to offer, dealing with voices, dealing with sensitivity to addiction, learning to deal with the mental health care system.