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FINDING HELP FOR TEENS WITH PARANOIA
Paranoid personality disorder, PPD, is a psychological disorder. A young person with PPD holds intense (erroneous) feelings that other people are dangerous and consistently out to get them.
This can lead to a myriad of unhealthy social and emotional consequences. There are a number of reasons for paranoia to surface in a young person. In some cases, for example, a young person may become paranoid as a result of certain drug use (i.e. marijuana). Another example may be that paranoia is manifesting as a side effect from another mental health disorder, such as depression. Not all young people who experience paranoia will meet the qualifications to have a proper PPD diagnosis. It is important, at the beginning of one’s journey for treatment, to set aside the initial speculations for the reasons behind a young person’s paranoia, and focus on obtaining help. The reason behind the presence of paranoia in a teenager can be addressed during one’s treatment.
Signs & Symptoms
There are many signs and symptoms that can arise in a teenager with paranoid personality disorder. Some examples are as follows: social isolation, argumentative, difficulty in school, emotionally inaccessible, irrationally suspicious of others. The varied signs and symptoms of paranoid personality disorder will be different for each teen. As previously stated, paranoia can manifest as a symptom of another mental health disorder. At Pacific Teen Treatment, we will be sure to address all aspects of a young person’s mental health, taking care to treat the symptom of paranoia, even in situations when the teen is not diagnosed with PPD.
Through treatment, an adolescent will learn tools and techniques to help him or her deal with the triggers related to one’s paranoia and in turn, help to relieve the symptoms. For those who have been diagnosed with paranoid personality disorder, it is important to be mindful of the fact that it can be incredibly difficult for a young person with PPD to begin to work with a mental health professional, due to the nature of the disease. It is, however, essential that a teenager get help, as paranoid personality disorder can be debilitating, making it feel virtually impossible for a teen to go through his or her life in a relaxed way. Helping a young person come to the realization that he or she will greatly benefit from treatment for PPD is of utmost importance.
At Pacific Teen Treatment, we work closely with each teen to create an individualized treatment plan. We rely on several different types of therapeutic modalities, such as talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) to insure the best and most dynamic treatment for our residents. Depending on the individual, some teenagers may require medication to help with the anxiety that can manifest from his or her paranoia. When creating one’s treatment plan, if medication is a possibility, Pacific Teen Treatment utilizes the guidance from the leading experts in adolescent psychiatry. We also make sure to consult with parents both for permission and continued involvement in the treatment process, before any medication is administered to the teen. At Pacific Teen Treatment, we provide a safe and healing environment for all of our residents. We incorporate healthy diets, exercise, and relaxation methods into each of our treatment plans. With proper mental health support, a teenager will be able to recover from paranoid personality disorder and go on to live a happy, productive, and satisfying life.
Every family in need of mental health treatment must select a program that will best suit the needs of their family. When one member of a family struggles, it impacts everyone in the family unit. In order to maximize the benefits of treatment we work closely with the entire family to ensure that everyone is receiving the support they need through these difficult times.
Seeking help is never easy, but you are not alone! If you or someone you know is in need of mental health treatment, we strongly encourage you to reach out for help as quickly as possible. It is not uncommon for many mental health difficulties to impact a person’s life, long term. Seeking support at the beginning of one’s journey can put the individual in the best position to learn how to manage themselves in a healthy way so they can go on to live happy and fulfilling lives.
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