Teen Psychotic Disorder is a form of mental illness, in which teens have trouble discerning what is imagined and what is reality, due to the brain experiencing a break with reality, and sending confusing messages regarding the teens’ perceptions. These incorrect brain signals cause delusions and hallucinations that include incorrect perceptions most often related to the teens’ vision and hearing, but also can affect the other senses.
As with any form of mental illness, symptoms will vary according to the individual teen. In the case of Teen Psychotic Disorder specifically, the hallucinations and delusions that teens experience can also vary. With that said, some of the most common symptoms include: imagining voices, seeing things or people that do not actually exist, imagining smells or strange tastes in foods, and/or experiencing agitation related to sense of touch.
Beyond this, there are a number of symptoms teens may experience, as a direct result of the hallucinations and delusions. For instance, teens who hear imagined voices and/or see imagined things that are not real may often seem confused or speak in a confusing manner. Because teens with this illness are unable to discern between what’s real and what’s not real, teens may feel generally anxious, moody, or apathetic. And often, because teens can also feel paranoid about their inability to grasp reality, it’s very common for them to withdraw from others and spend increasing amounts of time alone.
Teen Psychotic Disorder Treatment involves a combination of medication and therapeutic sessions. While medication is of course only prescribed on an individual basis by each teen’s psychiatrist, most teens with a Psychotic Disorder will benefit from anti-psychotic medication. Anti-psychotic medications help to recalibrate the brain, in order to lessen or remove the persisting imagined realities. Therefore, implemented together with talk therapy, anti-psychotic medications can often help teens to gain enough relief and distance from the delusions that they’re better able to engage in the therapeutic process. Some of the most common anti-psychotic medications used today include: Quetiapine, Olanzapine, Risperidone, and Clozapine.
In talk therapy sessions, therapists work with teens to identify the delusions and/or hallucinations that are present and then understanding the behaviors and beliefs that are connected with these false imaginings. Over time, therapists can help teens to not only regain perspective and boundaries on reality, but also, how to manage symptoms when they arise, in healthy ways.
Paradigm New York:
Paradigm New York is a holistic teen treatment center, providing teen psychotic disorder treatment to teens, as well as treatment for other mental health and substance abuse conditions. Paradigm New York is located in New York, just outside of New York City, and is one of the leading treatment centers in the country. Paradigm New York’s philosophy of treatment includes careful diagnosis and treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders, daily individual therapy sessions, peer and family group therapy sessions, and a wide range of supplementary support services, designed to support teens in all aspects of their lives. Teens come to Paradigm New York from New York as well as the rest of the country and usually reside with us for between 4-6 weeks.