Dagney’s Rant – Understanding the Symptoms and Causes of Schizophrenia in Children,Admittedly, parents’ understanding of schizophrenia in children is still very minimal.
As a result,sufferers are often immediately labeled “crazy” without being given the opportunity to get the right treatment.
In order to no longer be mistaken,it’s a good idea for parents to read further to know more about schizophrenia in children.
schizophrenia is actually a mental health disorder that makes it difficult for people to distinguish between reality and fantasy.
Schizophrenia is usually accompanied by cognitive,emotional, and behavioral development problems that interfere with a child’s ability to function normally.
In the world of psychiatry,schizophrenia in children under 13 years is known as very early-onset schizophrenia.
Although the case only occurs in 1 in 40,000 children,the condition of schizophrenia in children needs to be taken seriously.
Symptoms of Schizophrenia in Children
According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry,the most common symptoms of schizophrenia in children are:
- Hallucinations. Hear sounds or see objects that really don’t exist.
- Delusion. It’s hard to distinguish imagination and reality.
- Irregular thinking. When invited to talk often do not connect and get out of the topic.
- Often shows facial expressions and flat voice intonation. Usually also accompanied by indifference.
- Rarely speaking and expressing thoughts, often only talking when asked and only giving short answers.
- Paranoia. Always feel threatened and in danger.
- Showing strange, inappropriate and irregular behavior that is unnatural for a child his age.
In order for the behavior of children who still enjoy imagination and role playing not to be misinterpreted as a symptom of schizophrenia, the diagnosis should only be made by a psychiatrist or psychologist
Causes of schizophrenia in children
From the various results of the research that have been conducted, it can be concluded that there are several factors that can encourage the development of schizophrenia in children, such as:
- Genetic and offspring.
- Age difference with fathers over 30 years.
- Anatomical changes and chemical balance in the brain.
- Childhood trauma, such as poor parenting, head injury, or physical and mental abuse.
- Complications when pregnant, due to influenza virus, rubella, respiratory tract infections, malnutrition, or analgesic consumption.
- Autoimmune disease.
Schizophrenia in children cannot be completely eliminated, but being attached and abandoned is by no means a humane way to deal with it
Don’t be afraid if this condition reaches the child
Because, experts from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia said that, given psychosocial therapy and rehabilitation as early as possible, children with schizophrenia will actually have a greater chance of achieving, productive, and living a normal life.
Well, does Moms know, let alone misunderstanding about mental health disorders that need to be straightened out besides schizophrenia in children?