The Early Clinic First Episode Program at UNM Health in Albuquerque can quickly connect you to the help you need, whether you’re experiencing a first-time episode of any psychotic symptoms and/or a psychotic illness.
We accept youth and adults aged 15 through 30 into our clinic if you’ve had qualifying symptoms for 12 months or fewer and are suitable for outpatient care as determined by the Early Clinic team.
What is Psychosis?
Psychosis is a set of symptoms that can affect how a person thinks and feels and how they perceive the world around them. It indicates a number of symptoms resulting in a person losing touch with reality. These symptoms affect the mind and alter someone’s thinking, ideas and perceptions.
Three out of 100 people will have symptoms of psychosis in their lifetime, yet many are afraid to get the help they need.
- Confused thinking
- Lack of energy/motivation
- Decline in functioning
- Disorganized behaviors
- Suicidal thoughts
The Early Program provides a range of services to help you or your loved one find the help you need. Among the services we provide are:
Assessment and Psychiatric Services - A clinical evaluation is the first step in determining if your symptoms may be the result of early psychosis.
Medication Management - When recommended as part of your overall treatment plan, our psychiatrists can prescribe and monitor medications.
Family Psychoeducation Services - It’s important for loved ones to know what you are going through. We offer a range of support services to help.
Counseling - Talking with a counselor may help you feel less alone and can play an important role in the critical early phases of treatment.
Comprehensive Community Support Services - You are not alone. We will help you coordinate with a variety of local programs, services and support in your community.
Supported Employment and Education - Achieving your goals is an important part of recovery. We can help you develop coping strategies for work and school.
Outreach - We help the community understand emotional and behavioral health, reduce misconceptions and change negative attitudes.
Referrals - When needed, we can provide recommendations for medical care, neurology evaluation and substance abuse treatment.
We are currently accepting new patients. Our goal is to quickly connect you to treatment.
You can find the clinic on The University of New Mexico Health Sciences campus. We accept referrals from anyone in the community, including self-referrals. We also work with UNM Children’s Psychiatric Center and the UNM School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry.
There may be opportunities available for you to participate in research related to your symptoms. If you are interested in learning more, call the Early Program at 505-272-9552 or 505-272-3507.