A rare case of early onset childhood schizophrenia with predominant negative symptoms
Keywords:Early onset childhood Schizophrenia, Cognitive impairments, Developmental regression, Pervasive developmental disorders, Psychosis
Early onset childhood schizophrenia (<13 years) is often a rare disorder with an estimated prevalence of 1 in 30,000 children. The disease is characterized by hallucinations, delusions and cognitive impairments. It tends to present insidiously with a premorbid period of developmental delay or regression with declining academics. Often, the diagnosis of early onset schizophrenia is missed or sometimes misdiagnosed as pervasive developmental disorders. We here present a rare case of 10-year-old boy who showed behavioural abnormalities suggestive of psychosis.
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