A. Brief hospitalization may be necessary, especially if suicidal or homicidal ideation is present.
B. A brief course of a neuroleptic such as risperidone (Risperdal) 2-4 mg per day is often indicated, and adjunctive benzodiazepines may be useful. Short-acting benzodiazepines such as lorazepam 1-2 mg every 4 to 6 hours can be used as needed for associated agitation and anxiety.
C. Supportive psychotherapy is indicated if precipitating stressors are present.
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