Brief Psychotic Disorder Symptoms

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

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What are the Symptoms of Psychotic Disorder?

An attack of brief psychotic disorder will always involve more than one positive symptoms of psychosis. In the medical context, this does not indicate that they are good or beneficial but that the factors which are present are usually expected in its most severe form. The positive signs of psychosis include delusions, bizarre bodily movement or absence of movement, hallucinations, strange behavior, or peculiar speech.

  • Hallucinations.
    • The individual undergoes sensations which have no corresponding objective reality. They can come in different forms which are parallel to the senses. A hallucinating individual claims that they see things or hear voices. The latter is the most common form of hallucinations. In some instances, visual and auditory hallucinations are involved. Somatic hallucinations include smelling non-existent odor or feels things on or below their skin which are actually non-existent.
  • Delusions.
    • Delusions involve irrational or unrealistic beliefs which are extremely hard to change, even if there is proof that opposes the delusion. An individual suffering from delusion is extremely suspicious and would consistently seek the mercy of people who they feel are after them. It may also include a grand or intricate love fantasy, and excessive or illogical jealousy.
  • Other Symptoms.
    • Brief psychotic disorder also involves other manifestations of psychosis. These symptoms include unusual bodily movements or absence of any movement, unusual behavior, and peculiar speech. Catatonia involves the absence of any movement. The individual may keep still in the same position for several hours. The other side of catatonia involves frequent grimacing and bizarre facial expressions, rapid or persistent body movements, and bizarre gestures.

It is worth mentioning that not all of these symptoms will be manifested at the same time during an attack of brief psychotic disorder. If these symptoms last from one to thirty days, then the person is suffering from brief psychotic disorder.

Aside from the symptoms mentioned above, an individual suffering from brief psychotic disorder may also show the following signs:

  • Disorganized thoughts
  • Irrational speech or language
  • Bizarre behavior or manner of dressing
  • Difficulty with memory
  • The individual is disoriented or confused
  • Changes in the sleeping or eating lifestyle, energy level, or weight
  • Poor decision making

In addition, the individual suffering from brief psychotic disorder may have reactions that are not identical to the circumstance. Likewise, they cease socializing, reporting for work or school, and is no longer concerned with their personal hygiene.

If the individual had an emotional problem in the past, they may be prone to having an attack of brief psychotic disorder. This condition is likewise possible in women who had just given birth.

While brief psychotic disorder is a short-term condition, it can be risky. It can bring about suicide and the victim may end up hurting other people. Early detection and treatment is vital. 3

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