Teen Delusional Psychotic Disorder is a mental illness in which teens experience delusions and hallucinations, which cause them to be unable to decipher what is real versus what is imagined. Understandably, this break from reality causes teens extreme stress and difficulty and disrupts virtually all aspects of their lives. The delusions and hallucinations are created because of confusing signals in the brain which causes these messages and interpretations of reality.
The delusions and hallucinations associated with Teen Delusional Psychotic Disorder may affect any of the senses, including vision, smell, hearing, touch, and taste, the most common being vision and hearing. In instance of delusions or hallucinations related to vision, it’s common for teens to see people or things that are not real. In cases of hearing, teens often hear voices that aren’t real, often which might include demands or orders, which teens will feel compelled to follow. In delusions or hallucinations associated with touch, teens might experience strong, uncomfortable sensations such as itchy skin, which is distracting and stressful for them. With relation to taste, teens might experience strong, unenjoyable tastes which aren’t real.
In addition to the specific delusion and/or hallucination teens experience, this conflict with determining reality is extremely stressful, in a number of different ways. It becomes difficult both for teens to trust their own thoughts and feelings, since others will question and/or argue their validity. A the same time, it also becomes difficult for teens to trust others, since they have such different opinions and perceptions. This causes teens to often feel confused about what they’re experiencing and sometimes, to become detached or withdrawn from their own feelings. They also may experience distorted thoughts and/or belief systems, based on their imagined realities. It’s also common for them to greatly struggle to carry out their basic responsibilities, even concerning things such as their personal hygiene. Teens also often causes tension in relationships and gradually, teens may withdraw from friendships and isolate themselves, as they struggle to relate to anyone else.
There are numerous subtypes of Teen Psychotic Disorder, including Brief Psychotic Disorder, Delusional Disorder, Schizophrenia, Shared Psychotic Disorder, and Teen Schizoaffective Disorder. Brief Psychotic Disorder is characterized by a quick onset of symptoms from an unknown cause. Delusional Disorder is characterized by a consistent single delusion which persists but isn’t severe enough to disrupt daily life. Schizophrenia is characterized by severe hallucinations and delusions which are strongly disruptive and harmful to teens’ daily life and functioning, as well as consistent suspicion of others, which makes teens resistant to seeking help or receiving treatment. Shared Psychotic Disorder is instances when two people share one delusion. And Teen Schizoaffective Disorder is when teens experience mood disturbances along with the break from reality.
Paradigm Treatment Centers:
At Paradigm Treatment Centers, we provide Teen Delusional Psychotic Disorder Treatment in a comfortable residential setting. Within 48 hours of admission, all teens receive thorough diagnostic assessments which are then used to create highly individualized treatment plans, based on the teens’ current goals, struggles, interests, and needs. Our Teen Delusional Psychotic Disorder Treatment plans most often include a combination of medication with talk therapy components. Along these lines, teens receive daily individual therapy sessions with their lead therapists, and also participate in numerous other support programs and group sessions. The particular combination of these sessions is tailored to teens’ unique needs, such as Academic Support, Family dynamic therapy, and relational aspects as well. It’s important to recognize that successful Teen Delusional Psychotic Disorder Treatment requires there to first be a foundation of a safe, supportive environment in which teens believe they can open up and will be respected, heard, and not judged. Our therapists are uniquely qualified to do this careful work, and the Paradigm Treatment Center environment is designed to provide this therapeutic setting, in every way possible. The goal of our Teen Delusional Psychotic Disorder Treatment plans is to help teens achieve relief from the current disconnect from reality, while also supporting them to better navigate the effects which the psychosis causes in their daily lives. By approaching treatment in this holistic way, we’re able to support them to not just feel better, but to feel empowered to live their best lives.