Psychotic Disorders

Also known as: bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, others.

What are psychotic disorders?

Severe mental problems that interfere with a child/adolescent’s ability to think clearly, respond emotionally, communicate normally, have unusual perceptions (hallucinations), have delusions (a false, fixed, odd belief), understand reality and behave appropriately, are known as psychotic disorders. Psychotic symptoms are seen in children/adolescents with schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder and some forms of alcohol and drug abuse.


What causes psychotic disorders? 

Often, it is the result of a complex web of underlying genetic, hereditary, psychological, and environmental factors. Sometimes it’s secondary to an underlying medical condition like a brain tumor, brain infection, blood salt imbalance (and other metabolic disorders), seizure disorder and many others.


What are the symptoms of psychotic disorders? 

Common symptoms of psychotic disorders are described above.


What are psychotic disorder care options?

 Most youth will need multiple interventions to manage symptoms, comprehensive community programs, medications, psychotherapy, family support, vocational and rehabilitation assistance, specialized educational programs, inpatient and/or residential treatment.

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

This page was last updated on: 3/23/2018 2:19:55 PM

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