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If a child is extremely afraid of dark, does that mean that he is going to suffer from schizophrenia later?

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Dr. Michael Amster
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Unrelated generally

Being extremely afraid of the dark is generally unrelated to schizophrenia.
Yes, if they are already seeing visions then it's linked, but more likely the fear is due to attachment issues, emotional immaturity, severe insecurity, or just plain overactive imagination.

In brief: Unrelated generally

Being extremely afraid of the dark is generally unrelated to schizophrenia.
Yes, if they are already seeing visions then it's linked, but more likely the fear is due to attachment issues, emotional immaturity, severe insecurity, or just plain overactive imagination.
Dr. Michael Amster
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Much more likely to be associated with anxiety problems but also can be self limited.
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry

In brief: No

Children often go through periods of night time fears and get over it--reassurance night lite etc might help also see if something might b making the child insecure.

In brief: No

Children often go through periods of night time fears and get over it--reassurance night lite etc might help also see if something might b making the child insecure.
Dr. Douglas Bey
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