By definition, psychotic symptoms go away on their own in less than 1 month. In some cases, however, brief reactive psychosis can be the beginning of a more chronic psychotic condition, such as schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. Antipsychotic drugs can help decrease or stop the psychotic symptoms.
Talk therapy may also help you cope with the emotional stress that triggered the problem.
Most people with this disorder have a good outcome. Repeat episodes may occur in response to stress.
As with all psychotic illnesses, this condition can severely disrupt your life and possibly lead to violence and suicide.
Calling Your Health Care Provider
Call for an appointment with a mental health professional if you have symptoms of this disorder. If you are concerned for your safety or for the safety of someone else, call the local emergency number (such as 911) or go immediately to the nearest emergency room.
Brief reactive psychosis : Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors
Brief reactive psychosis : Symptoms & Signs, Diagnosis & Tests
Brief reactive psychosis : Treatment
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.