Schizophrenia in Children and Youth

About 1 out of every 1000 children in Canada has Schizophrenia, which is a disease that affects the brain. A child can first develop Schizophrenia at an early phase of his or her development and it can lead to a child being severely disabled.

Young people with Schizophrenia will find it hard to control what they think and the way they act. A young person will begin to act differently if he or she develops Schizophrenia. For example, a child who used to enjoy being around other people may become shy and seem in his or her own world.

If you think that a child has Child-onset Schizophrenia the first thing you should do is take him or her to see a trained mental health professional to get help.

Learn how to recognize whether a child may have Child-onset Schizophrenia.

The Signs of Child-Onset Schizophrenia?

A child may suffer from Schizophrenia if he or she does some of the following: confuses television with reality; has problems making and keeping friends; is extremely moody; laughs at a sad event; has trouble telling the difference between dreams and reality; thinks that people are out to get him or her or can read his or her mind.


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For Parents and Families