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Can People With Schizophrenia Raise Children
It depends: Often times, if a person with schizophrenia is well controlled with medication in terms of his or her symptoms; then that person is really able to do just about anything, including caring for kids. There are doctors who have schizophrenia. It is only when someone with schizophrenia has an exacerbation of their illness, that could cause some compromise in such areas of responsibility as child care. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Adequate treatment: Schizophrenia is a highly treatable disorder much of the time. People with the disorder who respond well to treatment are as capable as most of us of parenting. They may need more of a support system to watch out for returning symptoms, because parenting is stressful. But parental instincts are not impaired by the disorder. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily: The risk of having a child who develops schizophrenia is about 13% - given one parent with the illness. You must also consider other issues and stressors which come with a child such as financial, parenting ability and support. This added stress could also exacerbate the schizophrenia. A lot of things to consider. ...Read more
Yes: Research indicates that yes, children with schizophrenia show significantly more shyness. As dr. Kwok explained, this is for many reasons, some because the abnormal thinking causes social problems. But, studies have also clearly shown that shyness in children in general does not predict much of anything later in life. In other words, a shy kid is just a shy kid, and can grow up just fine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Probably not but: They may sense something is wrong and tend to hide it and not talk about it.The choice to not talk may be their belief everyone feels or experiences what they do. Eventually the impact is severe enough others notice and ask questions. Hiding it becomes almost impossible but denying it, consciously or unconsciously even then is common. Sadly some are never aware, hampering treatment severely. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not necessarily: Schizophrenia affects 1% of the general population. All walks of life are affected. That includes those who are religious as well as those who are not. It is possible for a person with schizophrenia to believe they hear god talking to them. In fact, I have had many patients who believed that they were jesus christ. Interestingly, often when such people are treated, they no longer believe it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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