Symptoms & Signs
Symptoms of brief reactive psychosis may include the following:
- Disorganized behavior
- False ideas about what is taking place (delusions)
- Hearing or seeing things that aren’t real (hallucinations)
- Strange speech or language
The symptoms are not due to alcohol or other drug abuse and they last longer than a day, but less than a month.
Diagnosis & Tests
A psychiatric evaluation can confirm the diagnosis. A physical exam and laboratory testing can rule out medical illness as the cause of the symptoms.
Review Date : 2/7/2010
Reviewed By : David B. Merrill, MD, Assistant Clnical Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.