What Are Thought Disorders?
Thought disorders are conditions that affect the way a person thinks, creating a disturbance in the way a person puts together a logical sequence of ideas. It is commonly recognized by incoherent or disordered thinking. An individual suffering from a thought disorder may speak quickly and incessantly, skip from one idea to the next, suffer from paranoia, delusions or hallucinations. At the Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center, we treat thought disorders such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and trauma disorders.
Normal thinking involves three aspects: content, or what is being thought about; form, the manner in which thoughts are being linked together; and finally stream or flow, the amount and speed of the thought pattern. People who suffer from thought disorders often have difficulty with at least one of these aspects. They may be unable to express thoughts in a logical fashion, or they may speak quickly or incoherently. Many individuals also suffer from a disturbance in the way they produce content- this can be seen in individuals having delusions or hallucinations, such as people suffering from PTSD.
Thought Disorder Treatment Program
Thought disorders can be treated and managed with great effectiveness to improve an individual’s quality of life. The Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center offers clients the support and opportunities they need to manage their disorders and live healthy, productive lives through our thought disorder treatment program. We recognize that individuals suffering from mood disorders and thought disorders have specialized needs; therefore we offer separate treatment programs to address those unique concerns. No single treatment approach is appropriate for individuals suffering from thought disorders. We create personalized treatment plans that address and individual’s situation, needs, and symptoms to give them the best opportunity for independence and success.
Individuals who suffer from a thought disorder have difficulty with mental and emotional functions. They may experience problems with their behavior and emotions, and are very likely to also suffer from depression or anxiety disorders. Our thought disorder treatment track addresses co-occurring disorders, underlying emotional and mental health issues, providing clients with stronger foundations for improving their quality of life and reducing the risk for relapse.
The Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center offers a multi-disciplinary approach to thought disorder treatment. Our thought disorder treatment track includes a holistic approach to overall quality of life and disorder management. This includes medication therapy and psychosocial therapies, like psychotherapy (talk therapy), family therapy and social skills training. We base our individual treatment programs on providing clients with the best possible opportunity for optimal support and success after treatment.
The Impact Of Thought Disorders
The impact of thought disorders on a family system plays an important role in treating thought disorders. Addressing the needs of the entire family system, family therapy can help family members and the family as a whole develop methods and skills for coping with the positive and negative symptoms of thought disorders. Thought disorders are a major cause of social and vocational disability, and we work with a variety of community based social service groups to help our clients learn the occupational skills and social skills needed to live independently.
Treatment for thought disorders is effective, and many people live healthier lives after treatment. Effective recovery for thought disorders requires personalized attention and care. At the Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center, we provide each of our clients with a foundation of treatment to give them the best chance at successfully, healthy living. If you or someone you love needs help overcoming a thought disorder or a helping hand to guide them through the process to reclaim their life from mental illness, please give us a call at 1-888-205-2557.