At Paradigm San Francisco, we provide holistic residential teen treatment for a wide range of mental health and substance abuse disorders, including Teen Paranoid Personality Disorder. Teen Paranoid Personality Disorder is a mental health condition in which teens experience constant fear and mistrust of others, as well as believing conspiracies that people are plotting against them. This sense of paranoia can be so severe that it causes teens to not be able to trust anyone, and can also lead to them hiding behaviors, isolating themselves, and withdrawing from activities.
Teen Paranoid Personality Disorder Symptoms
There are five different subtypes of teen paranoid personality disorder. They include:
- Fanatic paranoids – characterized by teens also displaying narcissistic tendencies, such as bragging in order to hide insecurities
- Obdurate paranoids – characterized by teens being arrogant and behaving insensitively toward others
- Querulous paranoids – characterized by teens displaying overall negative, unhappy moods and behaviors
- Malignant paranoids – characterized by teens behaving with hostility toward others
- Insular Paranoids – characterized by teens having extreme suspicion of others, which causes them to be reclusive.
In teens with paranoid personality disorder, sometimes the paranoia will be directed toward all other people and sometimes, it might be directed toward one person or entity, such as a parent, friend, teacher, or other authority figure. It’s common that teens will believe that this person has hidden agendas and dishonest motivations, which will cause teens to behave extremely defensively toward them. This can lead to trouble in many areas of teens’ lives, including their relationships with friends, family members, teachers, and other responsibilities.
Some of the specific ways teens’ might display this overwhelming sense of fear and paranoia include: behaving with hostility, behaving defensively, being suspicious of others’ meanings and/or motives, being argumentative, being unable to create and/or maintain close relationships, and/or behaving aggressively toward others.
Paradigm San Francisco Teen Paranoid Personality Disorder Treatment
At Paradigm San Francisco, we provide teen paranoid personality disorder treatment by drawing upon both traditional and alternative therapeutic modalities, within both individual and group therapy sessions. One of the first steps in providing teen paranoid personality disorder treatment is working to establish trust between therapists and teens. For inherent reasons, it can be difficult for teens with teen paranoid personality disorder to open up and engage with others; therefore, we are especially intentional and sensitive in creating this initial safe, supportive foundation. Because we design each treatment plan individually and teens receive individual therapy sessions every day while in treatment, we are uniquely qualified to build a therapeutic environment and structure in which these teens are able to successfully engage in their treatment process.
Within therapy sessions, our therapists work with teens to address all different aspects of their current experience, including mental and emotional fears, stressors, beliefs, and/or experiences, which may be contributing to their paranoia. We also provide teens with tangible, practical support systems to allow them to address all different aspects of their lives, including relationships, academics, and interests.