Last time, after Microbe exam, I watched a few documentaries. Today, after Pathophysiology exam, I watched another documentary. I didn’t plan on watching any documentary at all. A few hours back, I was looking back at my to-be-reviewed online bookmarks I made before. The list was like never-ending so I wanted to clean it up by deleting some. That brought me to this documentary.
Part 2, 3 and 4 can be found on YouTube.
Childhood schizophrenia is one of several types of schizophrenia, a chronic mental illness in which a person loses touch with reality (psychosis). Childhood schizophrenia is essentially the same as schizophrenia in adults, but it occurs early in life — sometimes even before the teen years — and has a profound impact on a child’s behavior.
Childhood schizophrenia includes hallucinations; delusions; irrational behavior and thinking; and problems carrying out routine daily tasks, such as bathing. With childhood schizophrenia, the early age of onset presents special challenges for diagnosis, treatment, educational needs, and emotional and social development.
Identifying and starting treatment for childhood schizophrenia as early as possible may significantly improve your child’s long-term outcome.
It’s not known what causes childhood schizophrenia, but it’s thought that it develops in the same way as adult schizophrenia does. It’s not clear why schizophrenia starts so early in life for some, though, and not others.
Childhood schizophrenia and other forms of schizophrenia are brain disorders. Genetics and environment likely both play a role in causing schizophrenia.
Problems with certain naturally occurring brain chemicals called neurotransmitters may contribute to childhood schizophrenia. Imaging studies show differences in the brain structure of people with schizophrenia, but the significance of these changes isn’t clear.
More info at MayoClinic.com
This is Jani at a local animal shelter.