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Does anyone actually know that schizophrenia cannot be diagnosed in a 9 yr old? The DSM-IV-TR does not allow it. Neither does the ICD 10.
Childhood schizophrenia is difficult to diagnose for a number of reasons. Because it's rare, doctors not specializing in pediatric psychiatry may have limited experience with diagnosing schizophrenia in younger people.
Behaviors or thoughts that may appear related to delusions or hallucinations may simply be the product of a lively imagination, especially in younger children. However, these behaviors or thoughts would usually not cause impairment.
Some signs and symptoms of schizophrenia overlap with those of other mental health or developmental disorders. In fact, your psychiatrist will want to rule out these disorders before making a diagnosis of schizophrenia:
Schizoaffective disorder, a condition with some manifestations of both schizophrenia and a mood disorder
Severe anxiety disorders
Severe major depression with psychotic features
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Substance abuse disorders (particularly coc aine and methamphetamine)
Medical disorders that affect the brain
Autism spectrum disorders
Originally posted by cbass
I understand that the kid probly needs a good ol' arse whoopin' but Arrest???
Come on America you have jumped the Shark. I liked you better when your name was Nazi Germany.
“The girl committed two felonies with victims wanting to pursue charge. There was a long history of attempts to deal with the child through the family and the school. This was the end of the line, and it is a very fine line we walk. Now, she can be mandated by a judge to get the assistance she needs.”
In de olden days, they had insane asylums for the schizophrenic adults. Where did they stick the insane kids? Nowhere, they didn't have kids getting schizonphrenia back then. And they probably don't have it now.
I really wonder about the accuracy of all these diagnoses of some type mental disorder in these kids. The doctors are a part of the problem.