Teen Schizoaffective Disorder is a type of Psychotic Disorder in which teens experience hallucinations and delusions, as well as extreme mood changes. The mood changes are what specifically identify this type of Psychotic Disorder. The mood fluctuations these teens experience can be extremely high, low, and sometimes both simultaneously.
In addition to the hallucinations, delusions, and mood changes that teens with Schizoaffective Disorder experience, there are a number of other symptoms that may be present. Some of these include: agitation and anxiety, apathy and/or inability to feel pleasure or enjoyment, paranoia, tendency to withdraw from others and social activities, strange speech and/or behavior, and disturbed appetite and/or sleep.
Teen Schizoaffective Disorder treatment most often includes a combination of talk therapy and medication. Anti-psychotic medications can be extremely helpful to alleviate the frequency and intensity of the hallucinations and delusions. In some cases, psychiatrists may also recommend a additional medication, which serve to address the mood symptoms teens are experiencing. These medications can serve to provide teens with considerable relief, by stabilizing their moods and reducing the mood swings.
Paradigm New York:
At Paradigm New York, we provide Teen Schizoaffective Disorder treatment. Paradigm New York is a residential teen treatment facility, located just outside of New York City in a beautiful and comfortable house-like setting. At Paradigm New York, we provide Schizoaffective Disorder treatment to teens from New York as well as other parts of the country, and teens usually reside with us for between 4-6 weeks.