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When is schizophrenia diagnosed?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

It is unlikely for schizophrenia to be diagnosed in either early or late life. Most schizophrenia diagnoses come in early adulthood. Generally, the diagnosis for men comes a bit earlier, around age 18, than for women, who are often diagnosed in their mid-twenties. This can be problematic, as signs of schizophrenia often mimic signs of drug use. For this reason, doctors must rule out this cause of symptoms before diagnosing the disorder. Childhood schizophrenia can occur, although it is rare. Generally, children with schizophrenia begin to show symptoms between the ages of seven and their teenage years.

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