Teen Schizoaffective Disorder Description:
Teen Schizoaffective Disorder is a psychotic disorder in which teens experience hallucinations and delusions, in combination with mood disturbances. The mood disturbances can vary, sometimes being elevated and at other times, depressed.
Teen Schizoaffective Disorder Symptoms:
There are two different subtypes of Teen Schizoaffective Disorder, which are the Depressive Subtype and the Bipolar Subtype. The Depressive Subtype is characterized by teens experiencing depressive mood swings that result in sadness, apathy, and fatigue, but no manic swings are present. The Bipolar Subtype is when the mood fluctuations present are severe, and mimic the manic and depressive episodes connected to Bipolar Disorder. Some of the other symptoms teens with Teen Schizoaffective Disorder commonly experience include: apathy; inability to enjoy things or feel pleasure; moodiness and irritability; strange speech; change in appetite; paranoia; and withdrawing from others. Understandably, these symptoms often interfere with numerous aspects of the teens’ lives, including their responsibilities, their relationships, and their general outlook on life.
Teen Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment:
In our Teen Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment plans at Paradigm San Francisco, we combine medication with talk therapy and behavioral therapy techniques. While the communication-based therapy sessions form the foundation of treatment, medication can often provide teens with considerable relief from symptoms, thereby helping them to feel better as well as allowing them to more fully engage in the more dynamic aspects of their treatment.
During talk therapy sessions, our therapists work with teens to help them express and process what kind of thoughts and feelings they’re experiencing and what kinds of behaviors have developed, as a result. Therapists will also help teens to examine what kinds of stressors or triggers might be present that are aggravating their overall anxiety. This work will take place in both individual and peer group therapy sessions. Lastly, therapists will also help teens to identify resources and practices they can employ, in order to more healthily and productively navigate their current challenges.
Paradigm San Francisco:
Paradigm San Francisco is a full-service adolescent treatment center, which focuses on providing thorough, individualized care for teens struggling with mental health and substance abuse conditions, including Teen Schizoaffective Disorder. During teen schizoaffective disorder treatment at Paradigm San Francisco, teens will be supported in all areas of their lives, including access to support with academics, nutrition, exercise programs, recreational therapy, and more.