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How can you recognize schizophrenia in teens?

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Schizophrenia can be hard to spot in teens. The disease usually begins in late adolescence or young adulthood. Symptoms can come on gradually over 9 months or more and can sometimes look like signs of anxiety or depression.

At first, symptoms may look like the stuff of typical teen years: bad grades, changing friends, trouble sleeping, or irritability. But some early warning signs can be changes in thinking, emotions, and behavior.

SOURCES:

Boston Children's Hospital: "Schizophrenia."

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: "Schizophrenia in Children."

Teen Mental Health: "Schizophrenia."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Schizophrenia."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on July 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Boston Children's Hospital: "Schizophrenia."

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: "Schizophrenia in Children."

Teen Mental Health: "Schizophrenia."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Schizophrenia."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on July 17, 2018

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