Schizophrenia Program


First-episode and Early Psychosis Program

The First-episode and Early Psychosis Program (FEPP) at Mass General evaluates and treats people in the critical early stages of schizophrenia or related psychotic illnesses.

Staff in this program

Staff in this program

About this 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:

  • Are experiencing psychosis for the first time
  • Have never taken antipsychotic medication or have been taking it for less than 6 months
  • Are between the ages of 14 and 40
  • Are residents of Greater Boston

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:

  • The early stages of the illness are often difficult to recognize
  • People with psychosis often don’t see themselves as ill and believe their symptoms are temporary
  • Fear and stigma often prevent people from seeking help

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.

Our Services

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:

  • State-of-the-art medical and psychological evaluation
  • Medication treatment
  • Education and family support
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy, a form of talk therapy


First-episode and Early Psychosis Program (FEPP)

Massachusetts General Hospital
Department of Psychiatry Wang Building Suite 815
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-724-7792

Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes

In Case of Emergency:

In case of a psychiatric emergency please call 911 or go immediately to the closest emergency room for evaluation.