A Case of Brief Psychotic Disorder and its Homoeopathic Management

A Case of Brief Psychotic Disorder and its Homoeopathic Management

Dr. D. Karthikeyan*   MD (Hom)

Research officer (H)/Scientist-1

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Dr. D. Karthikeyan

National Homoeopathy Research Institute in Mental Health (Former CRIH), Kottayam

Abstract

Brief Psychotic Disorder may appear in adolescence or early adulthood, with the average age at onset being in the late 20s or early 30s.Individuals with Brief Psychotic Disorder typically experience emotional turmoil or overwhelming confusion. They may have rapid shifts from one intense affect to another. Although brief, the level of impairment may be severe, and supervision may be required to ensure that nutritional and hygienic needs are met and that the individual is protected from the consequences of poor judgment, cognitive impairment, or acting on the basis of delusions. There appears to be an increased risk of mortality (with a particularly high risk for suicide), especially among younger individuals1. A case of brief Psychotic episode admitted at NHRIMH (former CRIH), Kottayam and treated with Phosphorus is reported here.

Keywords

Brief psychotic disorders, Homoeopathy, Case taking, Individualistic treatment, Phosphorous.

Introduction

The essential feature of Brief Psychotic Disorder [DSMV 298.8 (F23)] is a disturbance that involves the sudden onset of at least one of the following positive psychotic symptoms: delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech (e.g., frequent derailment or incoherence), or grossly disorganized or catatonic behaviour. An episode of the disturbance lasts at least 1 day but less than 1 month, and the individual eventually has a full return to the pre-morbid level of functioning. The disturbance is not better accounted for by a Mood Disorder with Psychotic Features, by Schizo affective Disorder, or by Schizophrenia and is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a hallucinogen) or a general medical condition (e.g., subdural hematoma).