Schizophrenia in children younger than 15 years of age is rare. Sometimes autism, depression, anxiety, or other conditions are confused with childhood schizophrenia.
In general, the condition develops slowly. The child usually starts by having problems in school, at home, and in social situations. Children with schizophrenia often hear voices and other noises that other people do not hear (auditory hallucinations). They also firmly believe something is true even when there is proof that it is false (delusion). They also may:
Childhood schizophrenia does not appear to be related to intelligence, because children with schizophrenia have average intelligence. They usually do not have any other physical illnesses.
Treatment for childhood schizophrenia includes medicine, counselling, and family support.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineDonald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerLisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
Current as ofJuly 26, 2016
Current as of: July 26, 2016
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine & Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
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