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What are thought disorders?What is a thinking disorder? Are they the same thing? Are people with thought disorders crazy? Can you even treat thought disorders?

Like many other mental illnesses, the general public knows little about thought disorders. In turn, this misunderstanding can cause exaggerations, misconceptions, and lies to become widespread. Our Florida dual diagnosis treatment center is here to clear up the confusion about what thought disorders are and what treatment options are available.

What Are Thought Disorders?

Thought disorders are often referred to as thinking disorders. They occur when patterns of thinking or perception are altered or distorted, and the result is often disorganized or unclear speech. This disconnect causes the individual to perceive reality incorrectly.

Schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and schizophreniform disorder are all mental health disorders that can be related to thought disorders and can cause individuals to fall out of touch with reality. When a person’s perception of reality is compromised, professional treatment is necessary to help the individual.

What Are Thought Disorder Symptoms?

Because there are many different types of thought disorders, there are also varying symptoms that a person can experience. Some of the most common thought disorder symptoms can include:

  • Alogia – lack of speech
  • Detachment from social situations
  • 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
  • Hallucinations – auditory, tactile, or visual
  • Delusions
  • Distress
  • Unusual energy levels
  • Poor judgment
  • Rocking movements or frequent twitches
  • Mental health problems like depression
  • Substance abuse

When a person is experiencing difficulty communicating or perceiving their reality properly, they are likely struggling with a formal thought disorder. At Banyan Mental Health, we can diagnose and treat thought disorders of varying types and severities. Some thinking disorders are only mildly disruptive, while others require considerable attention for treatment. We offer a mental health PHP in Pompano to help people struggling with various mental health disorders including thought disorders.

How Are Thought Disorders Treated?

Although patients can have some scary symptoms, 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.

We employ a multitude of approaches in the treatment of thought disorders. 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 our thought disorder treatment programs in Boca. 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 as well.

Thinking disorders are often challenging to overcome, but our licensed therapists offer approaches to help address and overcome these challenges.

Contact our treatment specialists today to learn more about the benefits of our mental health programs. We address thought disorders, co-occurring disorders, mood disorders, substance abuse, and more. Call us today at 888-280-4763 so that 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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