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Description: the most chronic and debilitating of all psychiatric conditions, and the most widespread form of psychosis.

the most chronic and debilitating of all psychiatric conditions, and the most widespread form of psychosis.

“Schizophrenia,” which literally means “split mind,” is frequently confused with a separate disorder, “split personality or multiple personality disorder.” Schizophrenia causes people to waver between reality and their own distorted perception of reality. Early intervention may improve a youngster’s prognosis. Unfortunately, the subtle warning signs are apt to be attributed to the normal growing pains of adolescence.

Signs of Schizophrenia

  • impaired concentration
  • bizarre thoughts, ideas, statements (delusions)
  • seeing imaginary objects or people; hearing voices that do not exist (hallucinations) 
  • severe depression 
  • jumbled thinking and incoherent speech
  • lack of emotion, or “flat affect”
  • withdrawing socially from others
  • paralyzing anxiety and fear
  • immature behavior

 

Last Updated
11/1/2013
Source
Caring for Your Teenager (Copyright © 2003 American Academy of Pediatrics)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.