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What is a Thought Disorder?

A thought disorder causes disorganized thinking and can be a symptom of mental disorders, such as schizophrenia.

Thought disorders are characterized by symptoms including racing or slow thoughts, which in turn, can cause jumbled, stuttered, or slurred speech. People who have thought disorders might also make random noises, make up words, and speak in indiscernible “gibberish.” They may also repeat themselves or stop speaking mid-sentence.


Many people are aware of this lapse in their own communication, which can cause them to become angry, frustrated, or upset with themselves or with others.

Other symptoms of a thought disorder closely align with symptoms of schizophrenia itself. People with thought disorders may become paranoid that their thoughts have been stolen or that someone is conspiring to come after them. These illogical thoughts and beliefs often occur in those who have schizophrenia.

Following a train of thought, whether one’s own or someone else’s, is also difficult for those who have thought disorders. People with thought disorders usually do not have the cognitive capacity to tell a story or convey a thought in a clear pattern, and they often to not have the attention span to understand or organize the words of others within their own minds.

Like schizophrenia, there is no cure for thought disorders, but they are certainly treatable.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is often used in the treatment of thought disorders. CBT helps patients to alter their thought processes in order that their thoughts can become clearer. Psychotropic drugs can also help doctors regulate the irregular and irrational thoughts of those with thought disorders. Often, both of these treatments are used in care for those who have thought disorders.

Only a medical professional can diagnose you with a thought disorder. If you think you may have a thought disorder, be sure to talk to your doctor.

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Topics: Psychosis, Schizophrenia, Thought Disorder