Childhood Schizophrenia - Topic Overview
Schizophrenia in children younger than 15 years of age
is rare. Sometimes
anxiety, or other conditions are confused with
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
- Stray away from a topic or not make sense during
a conversation (disorganized speech).
- Develop unusual behaviors,
such as continually repeat a series of movements.
- Not be able to
show emotion, speak, or start or continue a task without direction.
Childhood schizophrenia does not appear to be related to
intelligence since children with schizophrenia have average intelligence. They
usually do not have any other physical illnesses.
childhood schizophrenia includes medicine, counseling, and family