At Paradigm San Francisco, we provide holistic residential treatment for teens struggling with teen schizotypal personality disorder, which is a mental health condition characterized by delusions, paranoia, and teens’ intentional distancing themselves from others. While some of the symptoms of teen schizotypal personality disorder do overlap with Schizophrenia, the symptoms of this condition are less severe.
Teen Schizotypal Personality Disorder Symptoms:
There are two different subtypes of teen schizotypal personality disorder, including the timorous schizotypal and the insipid schizotypal. The timorous schizotypal is generally characterized by passive-aggressive behaviors, whereas the insipid schizotypal is characterized by a more dependent, passive overall attitude.
In general, teen schizotypal personality disorder is characterized by teens avoiding relationships and having a strong suspicion of others. In some cases, teens might also experience paranoia. These difficult symptoms cause teens to struggle to engage in healthy ways with others, as teens will often have strange thoughts and attitudes; behave in strange ways; and/or speak incoherently. In some cases, teens might also have strong beliefs in certain superstitious or supernatural elements which cause them to think or be motivated in strange ways. These symptoms can cause significant disruptions and tensions in multiple areas of teens’ lives, especially including their relationships, their responsibilities, and their ability to function healthily.
Paradigm San Francisco Teen Schizotypal Personality Disorder Treatment:
At Paradigm San Francisco, teen schizotypal personality disorder treatment usually involves a combination of talk therapy, behavioral therapy, and medication. In talk therapy sessions, our therapists work with teens to first establish a dynamic of trust and support, where teens feel free to speak openly, without fear of judgment. In this safe therapeutic environment, therapists work with teens to help them process what kinds of underlying mental and emotional stressors they’re experiencing, which might trigger and/or exacerbate their current tendencies. Then, therapists will help teens to identify changes to make and/or new practices to implement, which will help to reduce stress and improve their overall relationships, as well as their ability to function and succeed in their lives.
For many teens, medication can also be extremely helpful in helping alleviating severity of symptoms, which will provide teens with relief as well as help them to better cope with stressors and habits. Medication will also often help make teens better able to fully engage and succeed in the other aspects of their therapeutic processes.