Mini-Guide: Thinking Disorder (Causes, Symptoms, Treatment and More)

Last Update on November 26, 2020 : Published on November 26, 2020

This blog covers:

  • What is Thought Disorder?
  • Symptoms of Thought Disorder
  • Conditions related to Thinking Disorder
  • Psychotherapy for thinking disorder
  • Looking for therapy for thinking disorder

What is a Thought Disorder?

Thought disorder is a type of disorder that affects a person’s capability of generating logical behavior, writing, and speech. It is basically a term used to differentiate cognitive dysfunction. Basically, in thought disorder, a person’s ability to think in the right direction disrupts.

The major cause behind the development of thought disorder is the disturbed expression and organization of the thought process. This disorganization causes illogical, incoherent, and problematic behavior and speech. Thought disorders are basically developed due to bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), autism, and other mental health issues or disorders.

Symptoms of Thought Disorder:

Symptoms of Thought Disorder

The common symptom of a thought disorder is disorganized thinking which manifests distorted speech, writing, and behavior. Other related symptoms of thought disorder are:

  • Negative beliefs
  • Creation of new and unheard words.
  • Using words in a peculiar manner (unconventional speech).
  • Difficult and fast speech (causes problems in hearing).
  • Gibberish speech or incoherent speech
  • Difficulty in expressing their views (distractible speech).
  • Replying with irrelevant questions
  • Constantly switching conversations
  • Inability to show logic in the conversations
  • Excessive use of indirect speech
  • Never comes to a point or conclusion
  • Vague speech
  • Limited speech
  • Excessive repetition of phrases or words.

Conditions related to Thinking Disorder

Below-mentioned are some conditions which are the causes or development issues of thinking disorder:

1. Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mental health issue that causes distortion in thoughts, behavior, and mood. Bipolar disorder is a type of mood disorder that makes the person bipolar with severe issues.

Also Read: What To Avoid If You Or Your Loved One Has Bipolar Disorder?

2. Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is all about having hallucinations. Hallucinations can come in any order like see, hear, or feel… however they are not real. The person experiencing schizophrenia believes that everything going around is real. Schizophrenia impacts negative thinking and dysfunctions brain activity.

3. Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is most commonly observed in children. ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that impacts a person’s capability to focus, stay on task for a longer time, and control impulsivity.

Complete Guide for ADHD:

ADD and ADHD: Are They The Same?

How CBT Dismantles ADHD Negativity

Self-Help Strategies for ADHD in Adults

ADHD: How To Avoid Procrastination & Prioritize Goals

How ADHD Affects Relationship and How to make it work

Psychotherapy for thinking disorder

The most effective way of overcoming thinking disorder is psychotherapy over medications. Psychotherapies like Cognitive Behavioral Thinking (CBT) helps people to cope with negative thinking and improve their thinking pattern. CBT also helps people in identifying the pattern of their thoughts and learns to replace the thoughts with realistic and positive thinking.

Why is it important to get help for thinking disorders?

 Thought disorder impacts the everyday life of a person. It creates difficulties in sustaining relationships, holding down a job, and makes it difficult to express thoughts. Treatment is the only option to get help with negative thinking. Psychotherapy helps people to live a healthy life with productivity and management of the symptoms.

If you or your loved one is experiencing issues with the same, Calm Sage strongly recommends looking for a therapist and reaching out for help.

Looking for therapy for thinking disorder

If you are looking for a therapist for a thinking disorder, I would highly recommend finding someone who is experienced and certified for treating such mental health disorders. With Betterhelp, you can find the best suitable therapist for you or your loved one through an online medium. To get help from Betterhelp, click here.

I hope this blog helps you to understand the thinking disorder. For more such content, follow Calm Sage on all social media platforms.

Thanks for reading.

About The Author

Aayushi Kapoor
Aayushi Kapoor

Aayushi is a Content Creator at Calm Sage. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Food Technology and a Master's Degree in Clinical Nutrition. Her constant interest in the improvement of mental health, nutrition, and overall wellness embarked upon her career as a “full-time educational writer.” She likes to make an asynchronous connection with her readers. Her mantra for living life is "What you seek is seeking you".


  1. Aditya Purohit
    Aditya Purohit

    Negative beliefs is a major symptoms

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