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What is the age range for early onset schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia onset: Schizophrenia, which is a brain disease and affects around one percent of the population, usually begins in one's late teens or early 20s. Early onset schizophrenia is quite rare. A great resource is to check out the work of dr. Judith rapaport from the national institute of mental health. Here she is on youtube: http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=kwluvic4x6m. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Schizophrenia (Definition)

Mental disorder with positive, negative & cognitive sxs. A person with positive sxs loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative sxs: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of every day functions; losing motivation; inability to carry out plans & isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding ...Read more


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What is the typically onset age for paranoid schizophrenia?

What  is the typically onset age for paranoid schizophrenia?

Between 16-25 years: Between 16-25 years of age onset for men occurs earlier than women. ...Read more

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What is the future for person with schizophrenia in terms of nerve system, memory, or any other problems by age ?

What is the future for person with schizophrenia in terms of nerve system, memory, or any other problems  by age ?

Depends...: Early onset w/ insidious symptoms (gradual onset) & poor premorbid functioning (poor social skills & school performance, odd cognitions, psychomotor probs, ) predict worse outcomes & chronic probs. Ongoing medication is crucial in helping ppl function & adapt. Therapy is helpful but not as helpful as meds. Family support is important. Med side effects such as tardive & diabetes are a concern. ...Read more

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I'm a young lady and my age is 20 years old but I have a schizophrenia and that sickness start for females at 26 years old so, why is that happened?

Incorrect info: Schizophrenia is an illness that rarely affects children, usually begins in the teenage years, and generally fully appears in early adulthood. Your experience, far from being unusual, is a more typical situation of being diagnosed at around age 20. If you begin serious, committed treatment with a truly competent psychiatrist, you will get the best chance of doing as well as you can. ...Read more

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What is the youngest age that schizophrenia symptoms can manifest? Like can a 3 year old show symptoms?

At any time: Schizophrenia can develop at any time in life. It occurs most common in late adolescence and early adulthood. It is rare to have a young child diagnosed with schizophrenia, but it can happen. ...Read more

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Can thought/communication disorders occur at any age from schizophrenia?

Depends: The thought disorder from schizophrenia you speak of may be different from a communication disorder. A communication disorder may start at a very young age and could begin in childhood.. Schizophrenia has for it's most common age of onset the late teens or the early 20s. Cases of schizophrenia in a young child are rare and atypical. ...Read more

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What age can bipolar disorder or schizophrenia be seen in children?What are symptoms to look for?

Research: Recent research demonstrates that juvenile bipolar disorder can be diagnosed as young as five yo by an experienced physician. In fact same research shows early treatment mitigates risk of persistent bipolar disorder in adulthood. Dr. Papolos is a leading researcher on this topic & has published a bipolar questionnaire. See http://bipolarchild.Com/resources/jbrf/. ...Read more

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At what age do children with depression and schizophrenia generally begin to think about suicide if ever?

Varies: Children and adolescents can attempt suicide at any age but the most common is in pre-adolescence and adolescence. Younger children will often exclaim they wish they were dead, but this is rarely a cause for alarm, it usually uttered in anger and frustration. Any credible suicide threat should be considered an urgent problem, and you should consult your doctor immediately.. ...Read more

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My biological father has schizophrenia, and he suffers from it since he was about my age. I am almost 21 years old now and i fear of getting it too.

My biological father has schizophrenia, and he suffers from it since he was about my age. I am almost 21 years old now and i fear of getting it too.

Get to a doctor: I would get to a therapist or psychiatrist and proceed with an evaluation. All mental illness is heritable, but from males (father) to females (daughter) is less likely than fathers to sons. If you have ruled out other medical conditions, i would review symptoms with a therapist and perhaps seek proactive forms of treatment. ...Read more