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Brief Psychotic Disorder Causes

(Also Known As: Schizophrenia Causes, Psychosis Causes, Psychotic Disorder Causes, Affective Disorder Causes, Acute Psychosis Causes, Affective Disorder Causes, Acute Psychosis Causes, Delusional Disorder Causes)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Causes Brief Psychotic Disorder?

Brief psychotic disorder is not a simple or persistent disorder traced to a single cause. Since many events can trigger the condition, brief psychotic disorder can be traced from the following causes:

  • An Early Stage of Schizophrenia.
    • Since there are some similarities between brief psychotic disorder, schizophreniform disorder, and schizophrenia, the former is seen as a prelude to a longer psychotic disorder.
  • Reaction to Stress.
    • Under extreme stress, a short-term psychotic attack may manifest itself. Typical events like the death of a spouse or divorce can lead to stress. The experience of being in a war, natural disasters, or hostage situations can be even more stressful. Once the stress dies down or support has been given, the individual returns to their normal state or improves their coping skills.
  • Postpartum Psychosis.
    • Dramatic changes in the hormones during and after childbirth can make women prone to brief psychotic disorder. Postpartum psychosis can be a cause of why a mother kills their child or commits suicide.
  • Defense Mechanism from Personality Disorder.
    • Individuals suffering from personality disorders are more likely to suffer from brief psychosis as a reaction to stress. People with personality disorders have not developed effective defense mechanisms that can enable them to cope with stress during their lives. Thus, during stressful and challenging situations, the individual may suffer from brief psychotic disorder.
  • Culturally Defined Disorder.
    • The cultural background of an individual plays a crucial role in understanding mental and psychological illnesses. Cultural expectations can bring about certain kinds of behavior associated with brief psychotic disorder. According to the DSM-IV-TR, disorders associated with societies or groups are called “culture-bound.” 2

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Related Conditions

Acute Stress Disorder – Mental Shock, Over Activity, Agitation, Disorientation, Depression, Anxiety
Adjustment Disorder – Anxiety Due to Stressors, Depression, Altered Coping Mechanism
Paranoid Personality Disorder – Irrational Fear, Depression, Hyper-Vigilance, Excessive Worry, Excessive Suspiciousness
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Nightmares, Insomnia, Sexual Abuse, Irritation, Social Impairment, Problems with Memory and Concentration, Intrusive Memories, Hyper-Vigilance
Schizophrenia – Paranoia, Delusion, Hallucination, Anxiety, Depression, Psychosis