Symptoms of brief psychotic disorder 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.
Exams and 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.