Suffering from psychosis can be a very trying experience. Those who experience delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech or disorganized behaviors are likely to endure episodes of detachment from reality that can be distressing. This notion is especially true when an individual experiences a type of stressor or stressors that precede the onset of psychotic symptoms. When a person suffers from psychosis, whether it is one episode or more than one episode, after a stressful event, during pregnancy, or after giving birth, that individual is likely battling brief psychotic disorder. This condition can cause a great deal of inner turmoil and strife for an individual and treatment is often necessary in order to prevent adverse effects from occurring.
At Southcoast Behavioral Health, we supply the necessary programming and compassionate care that can greatly help those who are battling brief psychotic disorder. Our dedicated staff of professionals is expertly trained to help those grappling with this condition, and is fully devoted to helping patients achieve their treatment goals. In choosing to heal at Southcoast Behavioral Health, those suffering from brief psychotic disorder are able to garner the treatment needed to live happy, healthy lives.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Close friends and/or family members who have a loved one who has suffered from or is suffering from brief psychotic disorder are often unsure as to what they can do to help the person they care about. The apparent detachment from reality that is cornerstone to this condition may even cause friends and/or family members to be fearful in terms of how to assist their loved one when psychotic symptoms are occurring. Below are a few suggestions that you, a concerned friend or family member, can put into action in order to help a loved one who is battling brief psychotic disorder get treatment:
- Learn all that you can about brief psychotic disorder, including its signs and symptoms and causes.
- If your loved one’s psychotic episode was caused by a specific stressor or stressors of some kind, consider suggesting to your loved one that he or she seek some type of therapy, whether individual, family, or group therapy, as a way of coping with that stressor or stressors following the psychotic episode(s).
- It is a good idea to establish a plan for what to do should your loved one begin experiencing psychosis. Using what you have learned about brief psychotic disorder symptoms can help you determine when it is a good idea to put your plan into action. An example of such a plan could be transporting your loved one to a hospital where he or she can be evaluated to determine if more intensive services are needed to alleviate his or her symptoms.
- Should your loved one be in need of intensive treatment, such as the care that is provided in an inpatient setting, it is important that you remain supportive of him or her during this time.
- It could also be helpful to consult with your loved one’s treatment providers to learn what you can do to help your loved one once he or she has completed treatment.
Why Consider Treatment at Southcoast Behavioral Health
Suffering from brief psychotic disorder can have a significant impact on an individual’s life should the episode of psychosis be severe. A person’s functioning can, however, return to normal once the episode or episodes have subsided, though the functional consequences that can occur as a result of psychotic symptoms can lead to heightened distress and impairment in social, academic, or occupational settings. An individual with this condition may require hospitalization in order to stabilize his or her symptoms, which could prevent that person from adhering to his or her daily roles and responsibilities. The ability to stay on top of school or work obligations could be compromised and one’s ability to care for others if that individual is a caregiver could also be hindered. Furthermore, the emotional wellbeing of an individual with brief psychotic disorder could be impacted, as the distress or identified stressor(s) that caused the onset of symptoms in the first place could potentially occur again and lead to another psychotic episode. Fortunately, there are treatment options that can help people afflicted with this mental disorder so that any resulting effects can be substantially minimized or prevented all together.