Essay on Symptoms And Diagnosis Of Childhood Schizophrenia

1496 Words Jul 12th, 2015 6 Pages
What is childhood schizophrenia? Childhood schizophrenia, according to the Mayo Clinic, “is a severe brain disorder in which children interpret reality abnormally.” Childhood schizophrenia, also known as pediatric schizophrenia, childhood-onset schizophrenia, and early-onset schizophrenia is a mental disorder that is known for causing degeneration of thinking, motor, and emotional processes. This disorder is known to have an onset before age 18, which is early onset, or before age 13, very early onset. In this paper you will be informed about symptoms and diagnosis, causes, treatments, and family life of these children. Throughout history children and teenagers suffering from schizophrenia and autism were diagnosed under the same classification of childhood psychosis. According to Craighead and Nemeroff, the reason behind this was that “young people with either Schizophrenia or Autistic Disorder can have profound impairments in interpersonal functioning and substantial disturbances of thinking and behavior.” It has only been within the past three decades that a clear difference has been set and that they have been seen as two separate disorders. What are the symptoms of childhood schizophrenia? Children and teens who suffer from this disorder have the same symptoms as a adult schizophrenics. These symptoms include hallucinations, delusions, grossly inappropriate affect, avolition, poverty of thought or speech, disorganized behavior, and disorganized speech. Diagnosing a…

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