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First Episode and Early Psychosis Program:
The First-episode and Early Psychosis Program (FEPP) is one of more than 50 specialty clinical and research programs in the Department of Psychiatry.
FEPP evaluates and treats people who:
We also strongly support the use of education—of families, of medical professionals, of the general public—to decrease the stigma surrounding psychotic illness and improve access to care for those who suffer.
Unfortunately, we do not currently treat patients with co-occurring developmental disorders, such as Asperger’s disorder and psychosis.
Why "First" and "Early?"
People experiencing psychosis may wait months or even years before seeking treatment for several reasons:
It is also not uncommon for patients and their families to deny the problem altogether—or simply try to wish it away.
Part of our program's mission is to spread the message that psychosis rarely goes away on its own. In fact, the longer it goes untreated, the more severe it can become. The Massachusetts General Hospital team specializes in the detection of psychosis, which is often missed by general practitioners.
That's why the most successful FEPP patients are those who recognize and seek treatment for their symptoms of psychosis as early as possible.
Massachusetts General Hospital’s First-episode and Early Psychosis Program (FEPP) offers highly specialized evaluation, treatment and education for people in the early stages of schizophrenia or who may be experiencing psychosis for the first time.
Early intervention is the core of our program’s mission. Research shows that early diagnosis and treatment can help people recover from their illness more quickly.
It can also lessen the problems typically associated with untreated psychosis, such as unemployment, substance abuse, hospitalization, disruption to relationships, law-breaking and suicidal behavior.
Our program offers:
First-episode and Early Psychosis Program (FEPP)
Massachusetts General Hospital
In Case of Emergency:
In case of a psychiatric emergency please call 911 or go immediately to the closest emergency room for evaluation.
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