“I am very sorry to have to tell you this but your son has paranoid schizophrenia with suicide tendencies”.
These are the words that will change your life forever. How could this be? He is only eight years old? How did he get it? Who is to blame for this? Was it something we got exposed to during the pregnancy? What do we do now? How can we help him when he will not let us touch him without him speaking profanities?
These were the questions that we needed answers to. Unfortunately as we began to find out not many medical doctors has had experience with schizophrenic children. What we have learned and there is still much to be learned, has been through long hours of research, telephone discussions, various doctor visits, Psychiatrist appointments and mental hospitals. I hope while reading this paper, you will achieve a better understanding of childhood schizophrenia.
There are several types of schizophrenia, but due time limitations and the fact that our son has suffered from paranoid schizophrenia since the age of five, I have chosen to do a research paper on childhood schizophrenia. I will include a brief description of schizophrenia and a brief history concerning childhood schizophrenia, unfortunately in our history, children with schizophrenia was a rare and uncommon illness and documentation of the illness was limited to manuscripts and personal journals in the early 1600’s.
Paranoid schizophrenia is one of the most complexes of all mental health disorders. It is a severe, chronic, and disabling disturbance of the brain that causes distorted thinking, strange feelings, unusual behavior and use of language and words. There is no known single cause responsible for schizophrenia. It is believed that a chemical imbalance in the brain is an inherited factor which is necessary for schizophrenia to develop. However, it is likely that many factors - genetic, behavioral, and environmental - play a role in the development of this mental health condition (Rapoport,...