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Does paranoid schizophrenia affect children differently than adults?

Generally, paranoid schizophrenia does not affect children. Typically, doctors diagnose the disorder between the time people are teenagers and the time they reach their mid-30s. However, doctors are now beginning to look for symptoms of schizophrenia more and more in younger individuals. If doctors can catch schizophrenia when people are young, they can usually do a better job of preventing the worst symptoms of the disorder. When paranoid schizophrenia does affect children, it seems to affect them in the same way that the disorder affects adults.

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