Teen Delusional Psychotic Disorder Description:
Teen Delusional Psychotic Disorder is a mental illness in which teens suffer from one strong delusion which they can’t escape and which they often feel compelled to address, even to the point of partaking in risky or dangerous behaviors. The severity of the delusion tends to lead to other negative effects in the teens’ lives, as paying heed to the delusion takes priority over everything else.
Teen Delusional Psychotic Disorder Symptoms:
Teens with Teen Delusional Psychotic Disorder suffer from one strong delusion, such as hearing voices, smelling imaginary things, and/or seeing people that aren’t real. Within this definition, there are six different types of delusions, characterized by more specific symptoms. These subtypes include:
- Erotomanic Delusions – teens believe a celebrity has taken special interest in them
- Persecutory Delusions – teens fear that some physical harm to themselves or others
- Somatic Delusions – teens believe they have an imaginary disease
- Grandiose Delusions – teens believe they have an exceptional skill or talent
- Mixed Delusions – teens show symptoms from more than one subtype
Teen Delusional Psychotic Disorder Treatment:
Within our Teen Delusional Psychotic Disorder treatment plans, we most often use a combination of talk therapy and medication. In many cases, medication can be extremely helpful for teens suffering from delusions, in order to help lessen the frequency and/or severity of the delusion. This, in combination with talk therapy sessions, can make it very possible for teens to go back to living healthy, happy lives, even in cases where the delusion persists.
In talk therapy sessions, our therapists work with teens to help them gradually recognize the presence and falsity of the delusion, as well as how the delusion affects them. While teens can sometimes be resistant to teen delusional psychotic disorder treatment at first, in time, therapists can help teens to gain distance and insight into themselves, which will also help them recognize the delusions as what they are. At the same time, we always work with teens to address and process any other stressors or underlying emotional struggles that are present, which may be contributing to feelings of anxiety and/or aggravating the delusions.
Paradigm San Francisco:
At Paradigm San Francisco, we provide holistic residential treatment for adolescents who are struggling with mental health and/or substance abuse disorders. Our Paradigm San Francisco treatment plans are all designed individually, and take into consideration teens’ goals, interests, and strengths, as well as their symptoms and struggles. Paradigm San Francisco is located in a comfortable, house-like setting in the California Bay Area where teens reside during treatment.