Does residual schizophrenia affect children differently than adults?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

It is much less common for children to develop schizophrenia, in general, than it is for adults. While about one out of 100 adults develops schizophrenia, only one in 40,000 children do, although this number may be affected by when the child is diagnosed. The type of schizophrenia children develop is called early-onset schizophrenia and, because it happens while the child or adolescent is developing and maturing, can have severe effects on the child. Doctors must rule out autism and bipolar disorder when diagnosing childhood schizophrenia, since these disorders share some similarities as well as having differences.

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