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Teen Delusional Psychotic Disorder Treatment

What Is Teen Delusional Psychotic Disorder?

Teen delusional psychotic disorder is a mental illness, categorized as a psychotic disorder.  In this specific psychotic disorder, teens suffer from one controlling delusion, which has such power in the teens’ lives that it can lead to significant disruptions and inappropriate and/or risky behaviors, creating the need for treatment.


In teens with delusional psychotic disorder, the present delusion may include a number of accompanying symptoms.  Sometimes the delusion involves the teens seeing things that aren’t real and/or hearing voices.

Within delusional psychotic disorder, there are a number of subtypes, which are determined according to the specific delusion that’s present.

    • For instance, in erotomanic delusions, teens believe that a person with celebrity status is paying attention to them.
    • With grandiose delusions, teens believe they have exceptional ability with some skill, such as a sport or instrument.
    • With jealous delusions, teens are convinced that a romantic partner is being unfaithful, which can often lead to dangerous behaviors.
    • With persecutory delusions, teens believe that either someone else, or they themselves, are at risk for being harmed.
    • With somatic delusions, teens believe they’re suffering from a disease that is not actually present.
    • And lastly, with mixed delusions, teens may experience symptoms from more than one of these subtypes.

Teen Delusional Psychotic Disorder Treatment Options

Teen delusional psychotic disorder treatment often involves a combination of medication and therapy sessions.  Depending on the particular teen and the delusion(s), treatment may involve a number of different therapeutic techniques, designed to help therapists address the delusions with the teens.  This usually involves first helping teens to recognize that the delusions are false, and also understanding the effects which the delusions are having in their lives.

From here, therapists work with teens to help them begin to recognize the delusions as separate from themselves.  The more distance which teens can gain from the delusions, the more perspective on themselves they will have, and the more equipped they will be to change behaviors and gain relief from the persisting thoughts and habits which often accompany the delusions.

In many cases, medication can be very helpful in decreasing the frequency and/or presence of the delusions, thereby giving relief to the teens, while also helping teens to better engage in the treatment process.  We only implement medication as one part of a complete teen delusional psychotic disorder treatment plan, which also includes individual and group therapy sessions, as well as a number of other therapeutic resources.

What Makes Paradigm Austin Different?

At Paradigm Austin we provide a holistic therapeutic approach toward teen delusional psychotic disorder treatment, as well as other psychotic disorders.  We approach psychotic disorders from the standpoint of treating the whole person, taking into careful consideration the teen’s specific needs, goals, symptoms, and experiences. Paradigm Austin is one of the leading teen treatment centers in the nation, serving teens from the local Austin area, as well as the rest of the country, and abroad.