Schizophrenia can be hard to spot in teens. Sometimes it can be tough to see the difference between ordinary teenage moodiness and signs of more serious illness, although this disease usually begins in late adolescence or young adulthood.
It helps to know what symptoms to watch for and when you should check with your doctor.
Tardive dyskinesia is a sometimes-permanent side effect of antipsychotic medications. These drugs are used to treat schizophrenia and other mental health disorders.
TD causes stiff, jerky movements of your face and body that you can't control. You might blink your eyes, stick out your tongue, or wave your arms without meaning to do so.
Not everyone who takes medicine to treat a mental health problem will get TD. If you do have unusual movements, your doctor can lower the dose or switch you...
If you notice symptoms like these, your teen needs to be checked by a doctor right away. That's especially true if anyone on either side of his family has had schizophrenia.
The doctor will ask your teen questions about his thinking and behavior, do a checkup, and give him blood or urine tests to make sure there isn't another medical condition or drug abuse problem that’s to blame.