What personal history may indicate schizophrenia?

Updated: Mar 16, 2018
  • Author: Frances R Frankenburg, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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The patient usually had an unexceptional childhood. In retrospect, family members may describe the person with schizophrenia as a physically clumsy and emotionally aloof child. The child may have been anxious and preferred to play by himself or herself. The child may have been late to learn to walk and may have been a bed wetter. [58, 59]

A noticeable change in personality and a decrease in academic, social, and interpersonal functioning often begin during middle-to-late adolescence. Usually, 1–2 years pass between the onset of these vague symptoms and the first visit to a psychiatrist. [60] The first psychotic episode usually occurs between the late teenage years and the mid 30s.


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