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What are Thought Disorders, and Can They Be Treated?

Schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and schizophreniform disorder are all thought disorders which cause individuals to fall out of touch with reality.

Patients may experience hallucinations that are auditory, tactile, or visual. These hallucinations cause considerable distress, delusions, and other challenges. But thought disorders can be treated. Medications, therapy, and other therapeutic approaches may help. At Banyan Mental Health, our residential mental health program in Boca can aid in the treatment of thought disorders.

What Are Thought Disorders?

Thought disorders occur when patterns of thinking or perception are altered or distorted. This causes the individual to perceive reality incorrectly. When a person’s perception of reality is compromised, professional treatment is necessary to help the individual. Thought disorders include symptoms such as:

  • Alogia – lack of speech
  • Social challenges – detachment from social situations, emotional struggles
  • Blocking – abrupt stops in trains of thought
  • Derailment – disjointed trains of thought
  • Word salad – speech that makes no sense at all
  • Preservation - repetition of ideas or words
  • Pressure of speech- rapid speech with no pauses

When a person is experiencing difficulty communicating or perceiving their reality properly, they are likely struggling with a thought disorder. At Banyan Mental Health, we can diagnose and treat thought disorders of varying types and severities. Some thought disorders are only mildly disruptive, while others require considerable attention for treatment.

How Are Thought Disorders Treated?

We employ a multitude of approaches to address thought disorders at our residential mental health program in Boca Raton. Techniques for treating thought disorders include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Reality Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy

For some individuals medication can also be greatly beneficial. Our licensed therapists combine the best fit of therapeutic approaches for each individual to aid in the treatment of thought disorders. Often, thought disorders intertwine with other issues, such as mood disorders or substance abuse. When two disorders occur simultaneously it’s known as a dual diagnosis, aka co-occurring disorder. We offer treatment for these and many other challenges.

Thought disorders are often challenging to overcome, but our licensed therapists at Banyan Mental Health offer approaches to help address and overcome these challenges. Our residential treatment program can address thought disorders, co-occurring disorders, mood disorders, substance abuse, and more.

Contact our treatment specialists today to learn more about the benefits of our residential mental health program in Boca. Call us today at 888-280-4763, we can help!

Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.

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