Shared Psychotic Disorder Treatment

(Also Known As: Psychotic Treatment, Psychosis Treatment, Psychotic Disorders Treatment, Psychotic Disorder Treatment, Psychotic Behavior Treatment, Shared Paranoia Treatment)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What are the available treatment for Shared Psychotic Disorder?

The most recommended treatment approach is to break away the connection of the secondary partner to the source of delusion. If symptoms have not gradually decreased within one to two weeks, administration of antipsychotic medications may be advised. Once stabilized, psychotherapy should be undertaken by both partners.10 This treatment approach aims to alleviate the secondary case of the induced delusion and stabilize the primary person's psychotic disorder. Other approaches might be necessary if separation is not possible.

Treatment options for the person with shared psychotic disorder might include the following:

Psychotherapy: Counseling helps the affected individuals with shared psychotic disorder distinguish the delusion and thus correct their distorted underlying thinking. Additionally, this approach can also deal with relationship issues and other emotional effects of a short-term separation from the person with a psychotic disorder.

Family therapy: Family therapy focuses on increasing exposure to outside activities and interests, as well as the development of social supports which eventually effects to decreased isolation and help prevent relapse. Family therapy also helps improve communication and family dynamics.

Pharmacotherapy: Short-term treatment with anti-psychotic medication is advised if the delusions are not resolved after separation from the primary case. Tranquilizers or sedative agents such as Ativan or Valium can help alleviate intense symptoms as well. Such symptoms include anxiety, agitation, or insomnia.11

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Borderline Personality Disorder – variability of mood, split personality, delusion, dissociation, psychosis
Brief Psychotic Disorder – psychosis, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, delusion, hallucination
Paranoid Personality Disorder – pervasive suspiciousness, maladaptive behavior, hypervigilance, paranoia, schizophrenia
Schizophrenia – bizarre thinking, delusion, hallucination, disorganized speech, paranoid, psychosis
Schizotypal Personality Disorder – personality disorder, social isolation, odd thinking and behavior, paranoid ideation