Schizophrenia of Childhood: A Brief Overview


  • Rinu J George
  • Shiny .T. Sam



Childhood schizophrenia, child, therapy, hallucinations, delusions, factors.


Childhood schizophrenia is an uncommon but severe mental disturbance during which children interpret
reality abnormally. Schizophrenia has no single cause; there are not well defined etiological factors of this
condition. Distorted perception of reality confused thinking, detailed and bizarre thoughts and ideas are
some early symptoms of Childhood schizophrenia. According to the DSM-5, a diagnosis of schizophrenia
is made if a person has two or more core symptoms, one of which must be hallucinations, delusions, or
disorganized speech for at least one month. Childhood schizophrenia can be differentially diagnosed as
autism because there are common symptoms among them. The management of Childhood schizophrenia
include anti psychotic drugs along with psychotherapies .a combined action of different modalities shows
good prognosis.

Author Biographies

Rinu J George

Associate Professor [Child Health Nursing], Shri Shankaracharya College of Nursing, Amdi Nagar, Hudco,

Shiny .T. Sam

Assistant Professor [Medical Surgical Nursing] Shri Shankaracharya College of Nursing, Amdi
Nagar, Hudco, Bhilai,CG