Fast Five Quiz: Schizophrenia Practice Essentials

Steve Soreff, MD


November 22, 2022

Although childhood-onset schizophrenia can develop, the first psychotic episode usually occurs between age 15 and 30 years. Patients with schizophrenia often have an unexceptional childhood although family members may describe them as emotionally aloof and physically clumsy, and they may present as anxious or wet the bed. During middle-to-late adolescence, these patients may exhibit a noticeable change in personality that involves reduced social, academic, and interpersonal functioning. This time period has stressors for many people (eg, leaving home, academic pressures, career selection). The time between the onset of symptoms and the first visit to a psychiatrist is 1-2 years.

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