Current Psychiatry Reports

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 197–201

Psychotic disorder and traumatic brain injury

  • Qingchen Zhang
  • Perminder S. Sachdev

DOI: 10.1007/s11920-003-0042-0

Cite this article as:
Zhang, Q. & Sachdev, P.S. Curr Psychiatry Rep (2003) 5: 197. doi:10.1007/s11920-003-0042-0


Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result in serious and disabling neuropsychiatric disorders, such as cognitive deficits and personality change, as well as severe and chronic psychosis. This review focuses on the relationship between TBI and schizophrenia-like psychosis (SLP) including its epidemiology, diagnostic criteria, clinical presentation, psychopathology, risk factors, and pathophysiology. The relationships between post-traumatic epilepsy and SLP, and brain trauma and schizophrenia, are also discussed. The risk of SLP does increase after TBI. The clinical presentation has considerable overlap with primary schizophrenic disorder, with a prominence of persecutory and other delusions and auditory hallucinations, as well as a lack of negative symptoms. The onset is often gradual, with a subacute or chronic course. More severe and diffuse brain injury, especially of the temporal and frontal lobes, is the most prominent risk factor. Genetic load may also play a role, but presence of epilepsy could be a protective factor. Further large and systematic longitudinal studies are needed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Qingchen Zhang
  • Perminder S. Sachdev
    • 1
  1. 1.The Neuropsychiatric InstitutePrince of Wales HospitalRandwickAustralia