Teen Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment, What Is It?
Teen Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment is a brain disorder that causes abnormal moods and distorted thoughts, such as delusions and hallucinations.
What It Looks Like
Teens with Schizoaffective Disorder experience delusions and hallucinations characteristic of a Psychosis Disorder. The hallucinations and delusions can range in intensity, according to the individual. However, teens with Schizoaffective Disorder also experience strange mood patterns, experiencing times of being elevated and depressed, and sometimes both at the same time.
Some of the other most common symptoms experienced by teens with Schizoaffective Disorder are:
- Apathy toward activities the teen once enjoyed
- Emotionally distant or unresponsive
- Inability to feel pleasure
- Sudden loss of appetite/change in diet
- Rambling, incoherent speech
Characterized by a combination of symptoms related to both Schizoaffective Disorder and Bipolar Disorder, because of severe mood swings, marked by frequent manic and occasional depressive episodes.
Characterized by depressive episodes including extreme exhaustion, apathy, sadness, and excessive sleeping, but no mania.
Residential Teen Treatment
Teen Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment includes approaches of talk therapy and medication.
Talk Therapy includes mental and behavioral-centered approaches, in which therapists help teens to address and clarify any delusions or hallucinations, discuss their falsity, and evaluate and implement behaviors to help replace unhealthy tendencies or habits. Therapists also work with teens to address any symptoms of Depression or Mania they may be experiencing, and work to alleviate any anxiety and change unhealthy thinking patterns.
At times, Group Therapy sessions can also be extremely helpful in assuring teenagers that they’re not alone, that other people understand where they’re coming from and don’t judge them for their experience, and also, in being able to view their illness objectively, in seeing it in someone else. Along these lines, therapists also work with parents and families, both to recognize how the teen’s illness is affecting them, and to help everyone work together as to how to best support the teen. This group time together as a family can be invaluable in helping provide the teen with a healthy environment that can support his/her full and lasting recovery.
Medications are sometimes prescribed in order to help diminish the symptoms of the psychosis that a teen is experiencing, as well as depressive or manic symptoms.
How do I tell the difference between Bipolar and the Bipolar Subtype of Schizoaffective Disorder?
The main difference is that teen Schizoaffective Disorder is characterized by psychosis in addition to the cycling between depressive and manic symptoms. This may be difficult to discern, but if the teen is experiencing obvious symptoms of Bipolar Disorder, we recommend getting them professional support.