Teen Schizoaffective Disorder is a Psychotic Disorder in which teens experience hallucinations and delusions which prohibit them from being able to decipher what is real versus imagined, while also experiencing mood disturbances, such as anxiety and depression. Teen Schizoaffective Disorder is categorized as a brain disorder which is linked to abnormal brain signals as well sometimes, the presence of unbalanced neurotransmitters.
Teens with Schizoaffective Disorder experience hallucinations and delusions that are most often associated with teens hearing voices, or seeing figures, which aren’t real. While these can range in severity, teens can experience considerable stress from these experiences, as well as difficulty caused from the teens not being able to determine the reality of their current experience, especially as it compares to others. Some of the symptoms therefore which Teen Schizoaffective Disorder can be associated with includes: emotional distance from others, withdrawal from others, irritability, incoherent speech, lack of personal hygiene, strange speech, apathy, emotionally numb, paranoia, and anxiety.
Additionally, what makes Teen Schizoaffective Disorder so challenging for teens is while they are already experiencing stress from these delusions and/or hallucinations, they are also struggling with mood disturbances. Very often, the combination of symptoms exacerbate each other, and progressively cause more disruptive negative symptoms to teens’ daily lives and functioning.
Depending on the specificity of the type of mood symptoms teens experience, there are two different subtypes of Teen Schizoaffective Disorder, including Depressive Subtype and Bipolar Subtype. Depressive Subtype is characterized by teens experiencing depressive mood symptoms including prolonged sadness, apathy, excessive sleeping, and extreme fatigue. Within the Bipolar Subtype, teens experience extreme mood swings, ranging from similar depressive episodes but also frequent manic episodes.
Paradigm Treatment Centers:
At Paradigm Treatment Centers, we provide holistic, residential Teen Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment. We specialize in designing and implementing treatment that uniquely fits teens’ individual needs and experiences, including the specificity of their symptoms but also focused on the complete picture of how their symptoms affect their overall health and quality of life. To this end, there is no umbrella Teen Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment plan but instead, we design treatment individually, according to a through assessment of teens’ complete core needs. Our therapists then work with teens to help them to explore, recognize, and process the nature of their experience, including things such as their thought patterns, sources of stress or triggers, problematic relational dynamics, academic stressors, distorted belief systems, and physical health factors. Our Teen Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment plans most often combine both medication with individual and group therapy modalities. In many instances where psychosis is present, medication can be extremely helpful in aiding to alleviate the severity of the delusions or hallucinations as well as the mood symptoms, provide teens with relief, and thereby helping them to more fully engage in their treatment process. We also have an array of supplemental support programs, which provide teens with specific support in trouble areas, so that we can help teens to practice healthier habits and behaviors, while also supporting them to process the emotional and mental aspects of the illness. At Paradigm Treatment Centers, we’re committed to supporting teens to heal and grow, while also learning practical tools and resources in order to be more successful in their daily lives.