Spotlight on Psychosis
Schizophrenia is a chronic and debilitating mental illness that often first presents during adolescence and rarely in childhood. As a pediatric provider, you may be at the front lines in seeing a patient who discloses concerning psychiatric symptoms, such as hallucinations, for the first time. However, reports of hallucinations by children in clinical populations are relatively common, and most of the time do not portend a true psychotic illness.
In assessing youth who present with hallucinations, delusional thoughts, or disorganized thinking or behavior, it can be helpful to keep in mind a few common themes, including premorbid functioning and background, as well as recent level of functioning.
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