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Brief Psychotic Disorder

Brief psychotic disorder is characterized by hallucinations, delusions, disorganized speech or behavior. The duration of symptoms is between one day and one month, whereas the diagnosis of schizophrenia requires a six month duration of

DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria

At least one of the following:



Disorganized speech

Grossly disorganized or catatonic behavior

Duration of symptoms is between one day and one month, after which the patient returns to the

The brief psychotic disorder is not caused by a mood disorder with psychotic features, substance abuse, schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, or other medical condition, psycotic.

Clinical Features

Emotional turmoil and confusion are often present.

Mood and affect may be labile.

Onset is usually sudden.

Attentional deficits are common.

Psychotic symptoms are usually of short duration (several days).


The disorder is rare, and younger individuals have a higher rate of illness, with the average age of

The risk of suicide is increased in patients with this disorder, especially in young patients.

Patients with personality disorders have a higher riskr.


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