Teen Dissociative Disorder Description:
Teen Dissociative Disorder is a mental illness that develops following a traumatic event, and causes the teens’ brains to shut down in certain ways, in order to allow the teens to separate or detach from the pain of the trauma. The brain may create this distance in the form of memory loss or even the formation of alternate identities. This disorder may be triggered from a traumatic event such as:
- a painful medical procedure
- childhood abuse
- physical or sexual abuse
- witnessing violence
Teen Dissociative Disorder Symptoms:
There are four different subtypes of Teen Dissociative Disorder:
1. Dissociative Fugue Disorder – Dissociative Fugue Disorder is characterized by teens being disconnected from their environment, such as not knowing where they are and/or how they got there. This disconnection may last either short or long-term and can lead to teens developing different personalities, as well.
2. Dissociative Identity Disorder – Teen Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as “Multiple Personality Disorder”) is characterized by teens having multiple personalities presence at once, which are called “alters.”
3. Dissociative Amnesia Disorder – Teen Dissociative Amnesia Disorder is characterized by teens having lapses in memory, surrounding the traumatic experience, which is a way of the brain defending itself from pain associated with the experience.
4. Depersonalization Disorder – Teen Depersonalization Disorder is a condition in which teens feel disconnected from their lives overall, as if they’re living in an unreal state. Understandably, this sort of regular detachment can cause numerous difficulties in teens’ lives, including academic challenges, difficulty with family, trouble in friendships, and difficulty following through with responsibilities.
Teen Dissociative Disorder Treatment:
During Teen Dissociative Disorder treatment at Paradigm San Francisco, we first work to create a safe, supportive environment for teens, in which they feel comfortable opening up to deeply buried feelings and thoughts surrounding the traumatic experience. Because this condition arises from the teens’ instinct to escape and hide from this event, it’s important for therapists to provide careful support in guiding teens to gradually examine and process what happened during that experience. Therapists will also work with teens to help them identify and understand what sorts of longer term effects the trauma had, such as coping mechanisms, false beliefs, and thought patterns that came about and which have negatively affected them. At the same time, therapists will provide teens with practical, helpful resources and tools they can use to deal with stress or difficult feelings that arise, either directly or indirectly related to the trauma. In this way, teens can begin feeling better as well as gradually takes steps to successfully re-engage their relationships and responsibilities, in healthy ways.
Paradigm San Francisco:
At Paradigm San Francisco, we provide holistic residential adolescent Teen Dissociative Disorder treatment, as well as a number of other mental health and substance abuse conditions. Designed from a holistic approach of supporting overall wellness, our Paradigm San Francisco treatment plans are all uniquely designed, according to each teen’s unique needs, challenges, symptoms, strengths, and goals. As part of all Paradigm San Francisco treatment plans, we offer individual therapy sessions every day, during treatment.