When a person suffers from a psychosis, they perceives themselves and their environment in a different way. At the same time, they also change their behaviour and sometimes life seems increasingly alien. 

The likelihood of psychosis is not the same for everyone and some people are at higher risk. Often, the an episode of psychosis is preceded by early symptoms that may predict an episode.

Various factors can play a role in the development of mental illness:

  • Genetic factors
  • developmental disorders
  • cannabis use
  • stress
  • Organic changes in the brain


  • Disturbances of concentration and memory
  • Loss of performance in school and education
  • depression, lack of energy
  • distrust, increased sensitivity
  • Changed perception
  • Social withdrawal
  • insomnia

Here we answer the most important questions about our ambulance:

Who is right with us?

Patients with symptoms of a prodromal stage (pre-stage of psychosis). That includes:

  • Disturbances of concentration and memory
  • Depressive Mood
  • Propulsion disturbances and lack of energy
  • insomnia
  • distrust and irritability
  • Social withdrawal
  • neglect of body hygiene
  • Development of strange ideas
  • Performance-related breakdowns in the Life Curve 

Patients with symptoms of psychotic illness. These include: 

Positive symptoms that usually lead to admission to the clinic. That includes:

  • Disturbances of thinking: the patients can no longer follow a conversation, the train of thought of the affected persons is no longer comprehensible.
  • The feeling that the thoughts are controlled by others and entered from outside
  • The feeling that the environment is controlled externally
  • The feeling of being observed/traced
  • Things in the surrounding area are referred to themselves - for example:"In the Tagesschau the moderator wants to tell me something personally".
  • Perception disorders/hallucinations. Patients often hear voices

Negative symptoms, which usually lead to a sharp decline in social and professional performance. They show themselves as follows:

  • Less intense emotional perception
  • The spectrum of feelings and emotions is clearly reduced
  • Propulsion disturbances and lack of energy
  • mental decline
  • joylessness and lack of interests

Patients with initial onset of depressive symptoms:

  • Depressed mood
  • loss of interest
  • drive reduction
  • Appetite reduction/weight loss
  • insomnia
  • early awakening
  • morning low

Do I have to have the diagnosis?

The aim of our outpatient clinic is to detect or rule out the development of a psychiatric disease as early as possible. That's why you can come to us without a diagnosis. Our diagnostic services are even aimed specifically at patients who are not yet clear and who are in doubt as to whether a psychiatric illness is imminent or present.


What happens in the ambulance?

Detecting an increased risk of disease as quickly and early as possible is a prerequisite for the start of preventive therapy. This treatment must be precisely tailored to the individual risk of disease. For the correct assessment, we offer a comprehensive diagnostic clarification by specially trained doctors and psychologists with the help of structured interviews, a neuropsychological test and an organic exclusion diagnosis (magnetic resonance imaging of the skull and electroencephalogram).


How often do I have to go to the ambulance?

The diagnostic clarification usually takes three to four appointments, which are carried out within approximately one week. Outpatient clinic contacts are then made at intervals of three months.


Do I have to register and/or do I need a bank transfer?

Please make an appointment by phone. A bank transfer is not necessary.


Can I participate in studies?

Within the scope of the diagnostic clarification, it is possible to participate in a study for the early detection of psychotic disorders.