At Paradigm San Francisco, we provide holistic residential treatment for substance abuse and mental health disorders, including teen schizophrenia treatment. Teen schizophrenia is the most extreme Psychotic Disorder and is characterized by severe hallucinations and delusions which lead to irrational behaviors and thinking. The delusions and hallucinations are so chronic that they lead to significant and sometimes debilitating symptoms in teens’ lives.
Teen Schizophrenia Symptoms:
Teen schizophrenia is characterized by symptoms of hallucinations and delusions. Hallucinations are imagined things which teens feel, hear, see or smell that don’t exist in reality. Some of the most common hallucinations which teens experience are seeing people that don’t exist or hearing voices that aren’t real. These voices can be harmful to teens in that they might admonish teens, command teens to do certain things, and/or create stress and anxiety. Delusions are strong beliefs teens have which aren’t true and/or aren’t based in reality. Some delusions teens with Schizophrenia might have include paranoid beliefs about conspiracies, teens believing they have certain powers, and/or believing they’re famous. Teens will often continue to believe delusions, even if they’re completely illogical and/or if they’ve been proven false, and will experience stress related to the delusion as if they were real.
It’s also common for teens with Schizophrenia to show signs of movement disorders and/or thought disorders. Teens with movement disorders may display some degree of agitated, abnormal body movements, such as jerky or repetitive movements. Teens with thought disorders may display difficulty maintaining a clear line of thought, and/or may not be able to articulate thoughts clearly.
Some of the other symptoms which teens with Schizophrenia may experience include but are not limited to: difficulty in relationships, difficulty in school, withdrawal from others, sudden changes in mood, persistent anxiety, distrust of others, neglect of personal hygiene, defensiveness toward others, strange body or facial movements, inability to focus, inability to concentrate, and a general apathetic attitude.
There are four different subtypes of schizophrenia, determined by the specific symptoms which are present. These subtypes include: catatonic schizophrenia, disorganized schizophrenia, paranoid schizophrenia, and undifferentiated schizophrenia.
Paradigm San Francisco Treatment:
At Paradigm San Francisco, teen schizophrenia treatment usually involves a combination of talk therapy, behavioral therapy, and medication. We also provide a wide selection of support classes and groups designed to help teens improve overall success and well-being in all areas of their lives, including their relationships, their academics, their physical health, and their general quality of life.
During individual and group therapy sessions, our therapists work with teens to help them to examine and process the fullness of their current symptoms and experiences. This includes teens’ current problematic behaviors and struggles, as well as the more underlying emotional stressors and issues which are likely contributing to and/or exacerbating teens’ current symptoms. Therapists then work with teens to implement new ways of coping with stress, behaviors that will help improve success, and practices that will help teens to rebuild a positive sense of self. In peer group and family group therapy sessions, we work with teens to help them specifically address and practice communication and dynamics within relationships, which will improve the health and well-being of all people involved. For many teens with Schizophrenia, medication is extremely helpful to help to alleviate and/or eliminate symptoms and stress, and allow teens to become more able to engage in other aspects of their therapy. The goal of providing treatment in this holistic manner is teens will gain relief from symptoms and be able to function more healthily, while also gaining support and skills they need to succeed in their daily lives.