Friday, April 30, 2010

First symptoms of psychosis evident in 12-year-olds

An article posted today by Lab Spaces:
Children normally experience flights of fancy, including imaginary friends and conversations with stuffed animals, but some of them are also having hallucinations and delusions which might be the early signs of psychosis.

A study of British 12-year-olds that asked whether they had ever seen things or heard voices that weren't really there, and then asked careful follow-up questions, has found that nearly 6 percent may be showing at least one definite symptom of psychosis.

To read the entire article, please click here.

I thank Terri Vernon for bringing this article to my attention.

Also see:

Etiological and Clinical Features of Childhood Psychotic Symptoms: Results From a Birth Cohort

Childhood Psychotic Symptoms: Etiologic and Clinical Features

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