Childhood Schizophreni A Disease And It Has Become A Big Mystery

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Maricarmen Rivera M. Craft PSY 222 FD01 Research Paper Childhood Schizophrenia Childhood schizophrenia is a rare disease and it has become a big mystery in today’s medicine, bringing up several challenges. There are few official diagnoses of children with this disorder, and the case of January Schofield is one of the most studied ones. It is in essence the same as adult schizophrenia, but it appears early in life with a huge impact on child’s development. The identification of the symptoms and causes is vital, for the prevention and control, as well as following the right treatment. This complex disease requires a lifelong treatment, and doing this as soon as possible may significantly improve the individual’s quality life. The early…show more content…
They tried to give her strong psychiatric drugs, in adult doses, and that did not seem to work on her. What is also interesting of this girl, is that she seems to be born with this mental illness, which it normally develops as the individual grows. Researchers have found that the onset in children with age of thirteen and under is about one in 30,000 to 50,000, and lately in a national study involving 110 children, only one was diagnosed as young as age six (Roan). "Child-onset schizophrenia is 20 to 30 times more severe than adult-onset schizophrenia. Ninety-five percent of the time they are awake, these kids are actively hallucinating. I don 't think I 've seen anything more devastating in all of medicine." says Dr. Nitin Gogtay, a neurologist at the National Institute of Mental Health, the largest study in the world on this illness (Roan). Her parents are concerned about her future, since everything they try seems to fail. From the beginning she was different, getting two to four hours of sleep, when babies should sleep fourteen to sixteen hours a day. Her parents had to work to stimuli her all the time, that way she could get tired and able to get a few hours of sleep at night. Even though they are treating her, it was not easy to get a final diagnose, they heard different opinions like: bipolarity, ADHD and even them failing as parents (Roan). On the bright side, Jani’s parents did a great job by noticing that the behavior was not normal, and also looking for an
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