Schizophrenia in teens: spotting signs and managing symptoms

Some warning signs


At school, teens who are showing early signs of onset might be exhibiting behaviours such as: loss of interest of activities, poor hygiene and forgetfulness, speech patterns or vocalisations and inappropriate laughing or crying.

As the illness progresses, teachers and other school staff may witness visual and auditory hallucinations, delusions, disorganised speech and behaviour, and, ultimately, notice the child experiencing a break from reality.

While none of these symptoms independently point to a definite diagnosis, teens who exhibit a number of these behaviours should be examined by a physician or doctor, in order to determine if schizophrenia might be the cause.