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(p. 69) The Initial Evaluation of Psychosis 

(p. 69) The Initial Evaluation of Psychosis
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(p. 69) The Initial Evaluation of Psychosis
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Beth Broussard

, and Michael T. Compton

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190920685.003.0006
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date: 13 April 2021

For a young person with psychosis, the evaluation process can provide the start of a path toward effective treatment and recovery. Although the initial evaluation can be done in inpatient or outpatient settings, treatment of early psychosis often begins with a short stay in the hospital or related inpatient setting. In some instances, mental health professionals may be able to start treatment in the outpatient setting if there are no immediate safety concerns. The evaluation may include gathering additional information from sources other than the young person experiencing psychosis. Individuals experiencing psychosis often receive a physical exam, labs, and other tests to look for any medical problems that can cause symptoms. Understanding the evaluation process and providing mental health professionals with all available information can help in making a diagnosis and planning for the best treatment that will help the young person move toward recovery.

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