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Brief Psychotic Disorder

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is brief psychotic disorder?

Brief psychotic disorder is a short-term mental illness where you have psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations and delusions.

What causes brief psychotic disorder?

Brief psychotic disorder may be caused by trauma or a stressful event, such as an accident or the death of a loved one. In many cases, the cause may not be known.

What increases my risk of brief psychotic disorder?

What are the signs and symptoms of brief psychotic disorder?

Signs and symptoms usually start suddenly and last for 1 month or less. You may have any of the following:

How is brief psychotic disorder diagnosed?

How is brief psychotic disorder treated?

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

How can I help manage my brief psychotic disorder?

The following may help decrease your symptoms and prevent brief psychotic disorder from coming back:

What are the risks of brief psychotic disorder?

Medicines used to treat brief psychotic disorder may cause an allergic response. Some medicines may take a few weeks to work. Others may change the way you eat and sleep, cause weight gain, and make you anxious. You may have eye and movement problems from certain medicines. You may also feel shaky, dizzy, or have sexual problems because of the medicines. You may become depressed or have thoughts of hurting or killing yourself or others.

Where can I find support and more information?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

When should I seek immediate care or call 911?

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