Brief Psychotic Disorder

(Also Known As: Schizophrenia, Psychosis, Psychotic Disorder, Affective Disorder, Acute Psychosis, Affective Disorder, Acute Psychosis, Delusional Disorder)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What is Brief Psychotic Disorder?

Brief Psychotic Disorder is a condition wherein an individual suffers from a psychotic attack which lasts at least a day but no longer than thirty days. These symptoms may include hallucinations, catatonic behavior, delusions, strangely inappropriate behavior, or peculiar speech.

In most cases, the causes of the symptoms serves as the basis for determining whether or not an individual is experiencing Brief Psychotic Disorder. For instance, if psychosis was caused by a physical disease, response to a medication or intoxication from drugs or alcohol, the strange behavior is not categorized as Brief Psychotic Disorder.

Another instance that would help determine an attack of Brief Psychotic Disorder is when the psychotic symptoms occur simultaneously with an attack of clinical depression or Bipolar Disorder. The criteria for diagnosing Brief Psychotic Disorder are defined in DSM-IV-TR.1

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Related Conditions

Acute Stress Disorder – Mental Shock, Over Activity, Agitation, Disorientation, Depression, Anxiety
Adjustment Disorder – Anxiety Due to Stressors, Depression, Altered Coping Mechanism
Paranoid Personality Disorder – Irrational Fear, Depression, Hyper-Vigilance, Excessive Worry, Excessive Suspiciousness
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Nightmares, Insomnia, Sexual Abuse, Irritation, Social Impairment, Problems with Memory and Concentration, Intrusive Memories, Hyper-Vigilance
Schizophrenia – Paranoia, Delusion, Hallucination, Anxiety, Depression, Psychosis