Brief Psychotic Disorder Treatments

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

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Kinds of Brief Psychotic Disorder Treatments are Available?

Treatment for brief psychotic disorder may require full-time hospitalization in a locked inpatient section. Once the symptoms subside, the patient may be transferred to a partial care facility where the patient can go back home after daily therapies.

While confined in the facility, the patient may wear their own clothes but can expect constant searches for sharp objects like nail files or scissors. However, if the patient poses a danger outside the medical facility, they may be subjected to involuntary hospitalization for a period of three days. While inside the hospital premises, the following procedures may be performed on the patient:

  • Group Therapy. The sessions are headed by the hospital staff and aimed towards giving patients the opportunity to share their techniques on how they cope with their problems.
  • Individual Therapy. This is a one-on-one and more personalized meeting between the therapist and the patient. The session delves on how the latter can overcome their condition.
  • Family Meetings. Here the medical staff will orient the family of the patient on how they can prepare for the return of their sick family member.
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy. For patients who have become excessively withdrawn or depressed, ECT is very helpful in hastening the recovery of the patient.

Likewise, the use of antipsychotic medicine in treating brief psychotic disorder can effectively get rid of further attacks of the condition. There are several over-the-counter medicines that are available for ending short-term attacks. For agitation, the most common medicine is haloperidol which is injected to the patient. Haloperidol is used in partnership with lorazepam, which is an anti-anxiety medicine, and diphenhydramine, for slow behavior. Other medicines for reducing psychotic attacks include olanzapine, risperidone, and quetiapine. For postpartum psychosis, hormones are usually injected.

During the course of treatment, neuroleptic malignant syndrome may take place at any time. This condition is characterized by autonomic instability, altered mental condition, which can develop into hyperthermia, muscle hypertonicity, and stupor. If symptoms do not diminish, this may result in the death of the patient.

Another complication of taking antipsychotic medication is tardive dyskinesia. This is characterized by involuntary movement of the mouth, face, jaw, or tongue as a result of long-term administration of antipsychotic drugs.

Could You Have Brief Psychotic Disorder?

Brief Psychotic Disorder Topics

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