People with Thought Disorders perceive and interact with the world in a distinct way. Thought Disorders are characterized by disorganized thinking, which often manifests in non-linear and cluttered thoughts and speech. Thought Disorders include Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorders, and have the following effects:
- Delusions: are firmly held beliefs that are inaccurate. People may believe something that didn’t actually happen. Delusions can be both positive and negative.
- Hallucinations: are sensory experiences that are believed to be true, yet are false.
- Disorganized thinking and speech: is a byproduct of a fractured cognitive process common in Schizophrenia. People with Thought Disorders may be tangential in conversation and ideas.
- Disorganized behavior: is prevalent in Thought Disorders as it impairs goal-oriented thinking, and an overall inability to complete tasks, take care of oneself, and a lack of impulse control. Often people with disorganized behavior are unable to function in a normal way with a deterioration of motor skills, awkward body language, and unresponsiveness.
Schizophrenia Disorder: Schizophrenia is a chronic mental health disorder that typically appears in adolescents and adults between the ages of 16 and 30. It is characterized by delusions, hallucinations and poor cognitive and executive functioning. Those struggling with Schizophrenia often present symptoms that suggest they are not fully connected with reality and unable to process thoughts in a typical and linear fashion.
Schizo-affective Disorder: Schizoaffective Disorder is characterized by the prevalence of both Schizophrenia and a mood disorder, such as depression or bipolar disorder. Those experiencing Schizo-affective Disorder struggle with typical thought disorder-related symptoms such as disorganized thinking and hallucinations, but also may experience bouts of mania, pervasive sadness and extreme fluctuations in their mood.
Psychosis: Psychosis is a symptom and not a disorder and is typified by a mental health break from reality. Psychosis is commonly tied to Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective disorder but can also be induced by substance abuse, intense trauma or physical illness.
The best evidenced treatment for Thought Disorders is Cognitive Behavioral Social Skills Therapy (CBSST), which combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Social Skills Training (SST). CBSST sets a roadmap for people with Thought Disorders to challenge inaccurate and dysfunctional thoughts so that they can work through any challenge that faces them in their everyday life. A large part of CBSST is to introduce goals that are both accessible and achievable. CBSST gives people with Thought Disorders the infrastructure to work towards a goal, and moreover accomplish it.
The Resilience Treatment Thought Disorder Program is one of the few California-based mental health facilities offering a comprehensive and specialized track in the treatment of Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder. Resilience provides intensive therapeutic care for clients struggling with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders by utilizing treatment modalities, psycho-education and family-oriented care designed to cultivate fulfilling and empowering lives for our clients. Depending on the clients’ needs, Resilience offers its Thought Disorder Program at three levels of care, including Resilience’s Residential Program, Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).