Psychosis following traumatic brain injury

Rachel Ann Batty, Susan Lee Rossell, Andrew J P Francis, Jennie Louise Ponsford

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Psychosis following traumatic brain injury (PFTBI) has received modest empirical investigation, and is subsequently poorly understood, identified and treated. The current article reports on consistencies in PFTBI phenomenology according to the existing peer-reviewed literature. The potential for psychotic symptoms post TBI, aetiological propositions, prevalence, significance of onset latency and injury severity, clinical and cognitive neuropsychological presentation and injury localisation/neuroimaging data are reviewed. Substantial methodological limitations associated with the majority of publications informing this work are also discussed. Despite controversies in the literature, psychosis following TBI appears to be three times more prevalent than psychotic disorders in the general population, and comparable in presentation to other idiopathic psychotic spectrum disorders, including schizophrenia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21 - 41
Number of pages21
JournalBrain Impairment
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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