Teen Psychotic Disorder Description:
Teen Psychotic Disorder is a mental illness in which confused brain signals cause teens to be unable to determine what is imagined versus reality. Teens with this condition experience imagined presences includes delusions and hallucinations that distort any or several of the five senses, such as teens hearing voices that aren’t real and/or seeing people that aren’t there.
Teen Psychotic Disorder Symptoms:
The two most common hallucinations for teens with Teen Psychotic Disorder include:
- hearing voices that aren’t real
- seeing things that don’t actually exist
It’s common for the imagined voices to give demands, which can lead to teens sometimes behaving in inappropriate and/or dangerous ways. Though rare, it’s also possible for teens to experience feelings (such as irritated skin), tastes, and smells that aren’t real.
Because teens with a Psychotic Disorder are unable to discern what is real and unreal, it’s common for teens to be affected in numerous other ways, including things like speaking in a strange, confused way; having poor hygiene; having a persistent sense of apathy; having distorted, confused thinking; and withdrawing from other people.
Types of Psychotic Disorders
There are several different types of Psychotic Disorders, determined according to symptoms.
- Teen Brief Psychotic Disorder is when teens experience an onset of symptoms, brought about by an unknown cause.
- Teen Shared Psychotic Disorder is a disorder in which two different teens (who are close to each other) share one delusion.
- Teen Delusional Disorder is when teens experience one delusion that is consistent for over a month, but not severe enough to disrupt every day functioning.
- Teen Schizoaffective Disorder is when teens experience mood disturbances as well as a break with reality.
- Teen Schizophrenia is when teens suffer from severe delusions, hallucinations, and corresponding behaviors, such that it’s difficult for them to live healthy, productive lives.
Teen Psychotic Disorder Treatment:
At Paradigm San Francisco, we incorporate medication, talk therapy, and behavioral therapy aspects into our Teen Psychotic Disorder treatment. Medication is often prescribed for teens with Psychotic Disorders, in order to help alleviate the frequency and severity of symptoms, as well as to support teens to be able to function healthily in their everyday lives.
Beyond this, our therapists also work with teens and their families in both individual and family group therapy sessions. During talk therapy sessions, our therapists work with teens to help them to process and express what they’re currently experiencing, as well as how their lives are being affected by the condition. Sometimes teens might be resistant to treatment attempts, because they’re so convinced of the reality of their delusions and hallucinations that they don’t trust people that speak of their falsity. In these instances, it’s imperative that therapists work to carefully create an environment where teens feel safe and supported to share honestly, so that therapists can help them to regain the ability to function well in all aspects of their lives.
Paradigm San Francisco:
At Paradigm San Francisco, we provide holistic residential mental health and substance abuse treatment for teens. In our Teen Psychotic Disorder treatment programs, we draw upon a number of different techniques, determined by the teen’s unique needs, symptoms, and goals. All of the teens who come to Paradigm San Francisco will benefit from daily individual therapy sessions, as well as numerous other therapeutic services.