The goal of treatment is to relieve the secondary case of the induced delusion and stabilize the primary person’s psychotic disorder. In most cases, treatment involves separating the secondary case from the primary case. Other approaches might be necessary if separation is not possible.
- Treatment options for the person with shared psychotic disorder might include the following:
- Psychotherapy — Psychotherapy (a type of counseling) can help the person with shared psychotic disorder recognize the delusion and correct the underlying thinking that has become distorted. It also can address relationship issues and any emotional effects of a short-term separation from the person with a psychotic disorder.
- Family therapy — Family therapy might focus on increasing exposure to outside activities and interests, as well as the development of social supports, to decrease isolation and help prevent relapse. Family therapy also might help to improve communication and family dynamics.
- Medication — Short-term treatment with anti-psychotic medication might be used if the delusions do not resolve after separation from the primary case. In addition, tranquilizers or sedative agents such as lorazepam (Ativan) or diazepam (Valium) can help alleviate intense symptoms that might be associated with the disorder. These symptoms include anxiety (nervousness), agitation (extreme restlessness), or insomnia (inability to sleep).