Psychotic Disorders: Signs and Symptoms

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.