Similar to other mental illnesses many people are unfamiliar and misunderstand with thought disorders. The lack of knowledge around thought disorders can cause misconception, stigma, exaggerations, and lies to become widespread and believed. One lie that is frequently shared is that it is untreatable; however, we are here to tell you that it is. Southern Live Oak Wellness (SLOW) is here to educate and clear up some of the confusion about what a thought disorder is and what treatment options are available to you if you or a loved one is suffering from a thought disorder.
What are thought disorders?
Thought disorders are commonly referred to as thinking disorders and they occur when patterns of thinking or perception are altered or distorted. The result of thought disorders are disorganized or unclear speech, and it is often this disconnect that lends its hand to the individual incorrectly perceiving reality.
There are several mental health disorders that can be related to thought disorders, which include: schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and schizophreniform disorder. These disorders often cause the individual to fall out of touch with reality. With this bridge between reality and disordered thinking being affected, professional treatment is necessary to help the individual.
What are some symptoms of thought disorders?
There are several times of thought disorders, which means there are also varying symptoms that an individual can experience; however, some of the most common symptoms include:
- Detachment from social situations
- Abrupt stops in trains of thought (blocking)
- Speech that makes no sense at all (word salad)
- Unusual energy levels
- Rapid speech with no pauses
- Repetition of ideas or words (preservation)
- Disjointed trains of thought (derailment)
- Lack of speech (alogia)
- Poor judgement
- Rocking movements or frequent twitches
- Mental health problems like depression
- Substance abuse
If a person is experiencing difficulty in communicating or perceiving their reality, they are likely struggling with a thought disorder. Here at SLOW we can help diagnose and treat thought disorders of all types and severities.
How are thought disorders treated?
Some of the symptoms of thought disorders are scary; however, it is treatable. Through medications, therapy, and other therapeutic approaches one can begin to recover from their thought disorder. At SLOW, our residential and IOP programs can help in the treatment of thought disorders. A few therapeutic techniques we implore are:
For some individuals, medications can be greatly beneficial, which is why we have a team of licensed therapists that can combine both the best fit of therapeutic approaches and medication to aid in thought disorder treatment. Our licensed therapists offer approaches to help address and overcome thought disorder challenges in order to ensure that we are the last stop in living a life not focused on getting help for your thought disorder.
It is imperative to put you and your mental health first, which is why we have an affordable and evidence-based program to help you on your journey. Contact our treatment specialists today at 770-238-2674 to learn more about the benefits of our mental health programs.