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A 37-year-old female asked:

My 8y/o son wakes up in the middle of night telling me he cannot sleep because he keeps hearing voices. he also self talks a lot longer and more frequent recently. is this just a normal developmental stage or should i call his pediatrician about it?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Perez
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Talk to pediatrician: It sounds important enough, causing distress and insomnia.
Dr. Nabila Babar
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Call his pediatrician: These could be signs of early schizophrenia
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
It is atypical. See : his pediatrician for referral to a child psychiatrist & a child psychologist for evaluation & treatment. DO NOT question him; let mental health professionals differentiate obsessions from hallucinations & anxiety from psychosis. Take in a written history of onset, frequency & duration of his symptoms, relation to your Colo-rectal cancer surgery & a 3- generation family mental health history.
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 25 years experience
Child's sleep distur: Is there a possibility that your child experienced some trauma? Not necessarily abuse, but if the symptoms started in a short period of time, something may have happened. I wouldn't assume anything but if you take your son to a Psychologist expert in treating children, they can do a complete assessment and see if both therapy and possibly medication may help. Recommend no delay, the sooner the bet

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