Schizophrenia in children may be difficult to recognize
Children are most often believed to be more expressive as compared to adults however when it comes to mental disorders, it is the other way round. Whether the problem exists in the child from an early age, the symptoms may develop gradually. Though there may be some early signs, yet parents generally ignore them thinking to be a part of the child’s development stage. Later on, when the disease reaches a higher level, the symptoms may become more noticeable. The child may gradually start showing or stating symptoms like experiencing hallucinations, delusions, and others. Apart from his own experience, the parents, friends, and other people that stay close to the child may also start reporting about an unusual behavior noticed in him.
Some other early signs are –
- Difficulty in interaction
- Unusual walking
- Other unusual behaviors like clapping and moving to and fro for no reason
It is not only the symptoms of disorganized schizophrenia that keep on intensifying with time, the problem itself becomes more severe if not treated at the initial stage. The existence of such a critical condition in the child may be quite stressful for the child as well as his family. So the early detection of the issue is always desirable to start timely treatment. Parents or guardians have to notice the child’s behaviors during his everyday activities like bathing, eating, dressing, etc. They should also keep a record of the academic performance of the child and how he socializes.
Later signs of schizophrenia may be more intense such as –
- Experiencing voices or figures that no other person can notice (hallucinations)
- Lack of expressions
- Keeping himself confined to lonely places
- Poor performance in academics
- Not taking part in social events
- Not performing daily self-grooming activities
- Disjoint speech
- Irrational beliefs about things that do not exist
All children tend to behave adamantly to a certain level as well as age but if this aggression increases to a level when it becomes difficult to manage, it may indicate the presence of a psychological problem. However, it may not necessarily be schizophrenia or autism but it can be any such disorder that can be treated if it is at the initial stage. Consulting with a doctor will never cause harm to the child, rather knowing that your child is perfectly normal but a little adamant will let you raise him in a better way.