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Schizophrenia in Children: How does it manifest?

Schizophrenia in Children: How does it manifest?

Schizophrenia in children, also called as extremely early-onset schizophrenia, is an uncommon yet a severe form of the mental health issue. Schizophrenia starts in children less than 13 years of age (and typically over 7 years of age), it is much the same as schizophrenia in adults. Early intervention is especially necessary in the case of Schizophrenia in children as the developmental goals such as crawling, walking, talking may be delayed and special attention will have to be given to ensure the child meets these milestones. 

At Cadabam’s world-class rehab facility, professionals curate a  comprehensive and innovative residential treatment program designed to address Schizophrenia in children. Each treatment program is personalized as per the child’s needs and expectations. 

Cadabams’ broad-spectrum assessments and evaluation processes are what makes it one of the finest and best schizophrenia treatment centres in India. Our clinicians use this information to design comprehensive and thoughtful treatment plans for the best possible outcome. Each plan offers individual psychotherapy and therapy groups in order to understand and heal the patient’s psychological and physical state.

How to recognize Schizophrenia in children? 

Schizophrenia in children may manifest as issues with comprehension, deduction (psychological), conduct or feelings. It might bring about hallucinations, delusions, and more.

Typical symptoms in children include: 

  • Delay in language development
  • Unusual crawling or delayed crawling
  • Late walking
  • Abnormal motor behaviours (arm flapping, rocking etc.)
  • Social deficits

Typical symptoms in infants include: 

  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Floppy arms or legs
  • Delay in crawling, strolling, or talking
  • Odd developments, for example, shaking or fluttering their arms
  • A limp or drooped appearance

Treatment of Schizophrenia in Children

Schizophrenia in children is a sensitive condition and can be treated effectively only by therapists who specialize in child psychology. If any drugs such as antipsychotics have to be prescribed, they have to be used in an extremely measured manner as high doses can have adverse effects. Treatment and intervention earlier before the symptoms aggravate has been associated with positive patient outcomes. 

The Need for Social and Academic training

Along with regular treatment, children suffering from Schizophrenia need social skills training to help them do better in everyday situations and build better relationships. A range of topics which may be commonsensical to us may need to be covered in depth to help children to avoid embarrassing social situations. This can include, right and wrong behaviour in public, talking to peers and friends, how to cope with frustration and anger, how to communicate basic needs and more. Children suffering from Schizophrenia also need specialized academic training to help them keep up with the rest of the class. 

Why Cadabams for Schizophrenia treatment in children? 

The conduct issues that youngsters and teens face are unique in relation to the emotional wellness issues that grown-ups have due to Schizophrenia. Child psychiatrists are needed to monitor and manage children’s behaviour and self esteem issues and give them the tools needed to live a normal life. At Cadabams, drugs like antipsychotics drugs are prescribed only after a complete analysis of the patient and parents medical history and after ascertaining the safety of the drug dosage. The mainstay of treatment is a combination of CBT, individual therapy, family therapy, and specialized social skilling programs. 

Schizophrenia in Children FAQs

What is the outlook for children with Schizophrenia?

If Schizophrenia is diagnosed early and appropriate treatment and social skills training is imparted, your child can have a normal life and relationships. 

What complications may arise in children with schizophrenia? 

Children with schizophrenia are at risk of self harm and suicide, drug or alcohol use, trouble with school, difficulties in relationships may also occur. 

How common is Schizophrenia in children?

Schizophrenia in children is quite rare, it is found in 1 in 40,000 children. It is quite challenging to diagnose as it is underreported and symptoms are conflated with just being a difficult or aggressive child.