Ward D1: Specialist ward for young adults

Consultant in charge of ward D1:

Dr.med. Jobst-Heel, Andrea

Head of the section on early detection and early recognition of mental illnesses:

Prof. Dr. Nikolaos Koutsouleris

Main areas of interest:

  • Young adults aged up to 26 years who have mental health issues
  • The early recognition, diagnostic classification and treatment of psychoses and other mental illnesses
  • Crisis intervention for 2 to 4 weeks, with a focus on stabilisation of symptoms

Main focus

On our ward we focus on the early detection and treatment of psychoses in order to prevent the onset and persistence of severe mental illnesses. We thereby cooperate closely with our PRONIA (‘Personalised Prognostic Tools for Early Psychosis Management’)  early detection outpatient clinic, which allows us to assess the individual risk for psychosis, also in the long term. The aim of our work is, on the one hand, early intervention with timely and early onset treatment and, on the other, early prevention to improve the prognosis of acute psychosis and, at best, prevent its onset. Our ward also treats patients with affective disorders, anxiety disorders, acute stress disorders and suicidal crises.

Treatment concept

Our treatments are aimed at young adults in adolescence. Depending on an individual’s development, adolescence – the transition period between childhood and adulthood – often lasts until people are in early adulthood. The period is characterised by extensive neurobiological changes and psychosocial developmental tasks. Mental illnesses such as depression, emotional instability and psychoses are often fully expressed for the first time during this phase of life. To provide the necessary care, we have established a unit that can accommodate 15 inpatients and 5 day patients.

Patients can also come to see us in the PRONIA early detection outpatient clinic. In a confidential initial conversation, we decide whether inpatient treatment is indicated. Doctors and psychologists can register their patients for inpatient treatment by contacting our bed management staff.

In the future, we plan to expand our concept to younger people in adolescence through a cooperation project with the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the LMU Munich. The aim of this cooperation will be to enable young people in adolescence to transition smoothly from child and adolescent psychiatric services to adult psychiatric services.

The treatment offered by our multiprofessional team of doctors, psychologists, nurses, social workers and occupational therapists includes individualised treatment concepts with group-based activities such as psychoeducation and social competence training; individual psychotherapy sessions focussing on behavioural therapy; occupational therapy, music therapy and physiotherapy; cognitive training; and the full spectrum of modern diagnostic procedures and pharmacotherapy.


In collaboration with our PRONIA (‘Personalised Prognostic Tools for Early Psychosis Management’) early detection outpatient clinic we perform comprehensive accompanying research on early detection, early intervention and early prevention.