Schizophrenia is a chronic mental illness that is sometimes manageable with medication and therapy but is often debilitating. People with schizophrenia often experience hallucinations and delusions that keep them separated from the rest of society. Sometimes the delusions include the feeling that somebody is out to get them or that other people can hear what they are thinking. The hallucinations often involve hearing voices that have no physical source or seeing people and objects that are not there. Usually schizophrenia manifests itself in the late teen and early adulthood years. There are, however, sometimes children who develop the disease. This article will take a look at childhood schizophrenia and what it involves.
Childhood schizophrenia affects one in forty thousand kids who are younger than thirteen. The disease is basically the same in children as it is in adults but children need to be treated differently and need to be put through an assortment of special tests for diagnosis, emotional development, relationships with family, social development and several other factors to determine treatment.
Signs of childhood schizophrenia are usually referred to as psychosis. The symptoms of the disease that you will want to pay the most attention to are the following:
" An inability to make plans
" Very little verbal communication with others
" Very little emotional expression
" Inappropriate emotional expression
" Problems with physical movement or unexplainable immobility
" Disorganized thought processes
" Major irrational and/or disorganized behaviour.
In the event that childhood schizophrenia starts in early childhood, it usually starts small and eventually builds until there is an identifiable psychotic episode. Sometimes sufferers of childhood schizophrenia are withdrawn socially, problems in school and problems with language.
Nobody is really sure what causes childhood schizophrenia but research has shown that problems with the early development of a child's brain might be a major contributor to the disease. Some new research points to issues with genes, viruses, malnutrition while the child is still in the womb and a stressful environment.
Childhood schizophrenia is hard to diagnose because its symptoms can also be symptoms of other diseases and often it is misdiagnosed. Another reason that childhood schizophrenia is so often misdiagnosed is that psychiatrists only use it as a diagnosis when the child can't be diagnosed with a number of other diseases. Nobody wants to diagnose a child with schizophrenia.
The reason that nobody wants to diagnose a child with schizophrenia is because the treatment is often of the same severity as adult schizophrenia. The major form of treatment includes anti psychotic drugs that regulate the brain's dopamine pathways. Children are also expected to have regular psychiatric appointments and therapy. Like with adult schizophrenia, childhood schizophrenia is sometimes treated with hospitalization. Hospitalization is the last resort after the child's psychotic behaviour can't be managed through drugs and therapy or the schizophrenia is especially severe.
Childhood schizophrenia is a disease that can be coped with, it just involves time and effort on the part of the child and the people who provide his or her supportive environme
Signs of Schizophrenia Tip #1
Schizophrenia is not the same thing as having multiple personality disorder. In multiple personality disorder a person has a number of independent identities that all share one host body. Typically one of the personalities is dominant and the others exist under the surface. With Schizophrenia, there could be independent personalities but the person suffering from the disease believes that these identities exist outside of him or herself.
Signs of Schizophrenia Tip #2
There are different types of schizophrenia. The most widely known is that of paranoid schizophrenia in which the schizophrenic believes that there are people who are out to "get" him (or her). Commonly the patient associates himself with an elite group and believes that it is his membership with that group that has made him a target of others.
Signs of Schizophrenia Tip #3
Schizophrenia is normally treated with anti-psychotic drugs. There are new drugs being developed all the time. Other treatments include Electro Convulsive Therapy in which the patient is driven to convulsions by receiving a series of shocks to the brain. This treatment is thought to fix the electrochemical balance of the brain.