What are thought disorders?
Thought disorders in general relate to a group of mental illnesses that interfere with how one forms thoughts in their mind. Some common thought processes can be:
How do thought disorders occur?
Thought disorders can be occur organically i.e. schizophrenia or be substance or medically related depending on a person’s circumstances.
What factors influence thought disorder development?
This is a large question and the answers are still being researched! What we know now is that:
- Genetics play a part in thought disorder development (family history)
- Life stress such as an verbal conflict in the home environment, financial stress, or trauma impact gene expression
- Toxins in the world may be a factor (still being researched)
- Substance use
- Other health issues can also stress the body and influence thought disorder development
What treatments are available for thought disorders?
Depending on the severity of the illness and symptoms a psychiatrist may prescribe psychotropic medications to lessen the symptoms. Therapy such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis, and EMDR for Psychosis may be of use to learn skills to create space between the person and the symptoms they experience. This can help the person continue with value-oriented living despite the presence of these symptoms.
It is crucial that you find a therapist near you who has experience working with thought disorders if you believe this is what you are experiencing. Revitalize Mental Health PLLC has years of experience working with thought disorders and schizophrenia symptom presentations. Click here to submit a form and we’ll contact you within the next 24-48 business hours.