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What Is Brief Psychotic Disorder?
Brief psychotic episodes are rare and usually last less than a month, though they can happen again, especially if the source of the episode is not identified and treated. They may be caused by a death in the family, the birth of a child, or exposure to a natural disaster. Signs include delusions, hallucinations, odd behavior, and scattered thinking.

Brief psychotic disorder is exactly what it sounds like – a mental health disorder that is characterized by psychotic symptoms that start abruptly and last for no longer than a month.

If you’ve been diagnosed with brief psychotic disorder, there is hope. With treatment, you may be able to go through life without ever re-experiencing those symptoms of psychosis again.

Would you like to learn more about how brief psychotic disorder is treated? Contact us at the phone number listed above and get the answers you need to get started on treatment.

Brief Psychotic Disorder Quick Facts

  • Diagnosed brief psychotic disorder is rare.
  • The disorder usually occurs during one’s 20s and 30s.
  • Brief psychotic disorder is more often diagnosed in women than men.
  • Those with a personality disorder are more likely to be diagnosed with brief psychotic disorder.
  • Though symptoms often last less than a month, brief psychotic episodes may recur.

3 Types of Brief Psychotic Disorder

According to Psych Central, there are three different forms of brief psychotic disorder. They are:

  • Brief reactive psychosis. This type of the disorder has an onset brought on by a significant, stressful experience or trauma, like the loss of a loved one or a disastrous event.
  • Brief psychotic disorder without obvious stressor. The symptoms are there – but there is no identifiable reason why.
  • Brief psychotic disorder with postpartum onset. More than just postpartum depression, this can strike women within a month of having a baby.

Signs of Brief Psychotic Disorder

  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Disorganized thoughts
  • Unusual behavior
  • Confusion
  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Disrupted eating habits
  • Spotty memory

Causes of Brief Psychotic Disorder

There is no one thing that causes brief psychotic disorder. In some cases, it may be the death of a family member, childbirth, a natural disaster, or an unexpected accident. In other situations, it may be any one of these issues combined with a genetic predisposition to develop mental health issues. In still other cases, it may be an inability to cope with stress. Everyone is different and the cause of brief psychotic disorder in your situation may be different from someone else’s.

Brief Psychotic Disorder Is Treatable

Since brief psychotic disorder is by definition brief, many people believe that there is no point in seeking mental health treatment. However, the “brief” in the title refers to the length of time that the symptoms of psychosis persist – in a single episode. It is true that the symptoms may diminish on their own within a few weeks but, if there is a triggering event that caused it to happen, then another episode of brief psychotic disorder may occur again without warning.

Is brief psychotic disorder an issue for you? Is it a problem for someone you care about? If you are ready to learn more about the different types of medication and psychotherapy that can help you to deal with the underlying issues and the effects of the symptoms, then contact us today.

Our counselors are standing by 24 hours a day, waiting to take your call. Don’t risk the recurrence of another brief psychotic disorder episode or allow your loved one to live with the symptoms another day. Call now.

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