Trauma-based & Family Psychotherapy For Angry, Anxious, Depressed, and Frustrated Families

Childhood Onset Schizophrenia or Imaginary Friend?

Childhood onset schizophrenia Have you ever witnessed a child talking to his or her imaginary friend?

What did you think? How old was the child?

For most people, imaginary friends are cute little “companions” to kids under the age of 9 years old. But when a child older than age 9 decides to have an imaginary friend, things change.

In this article, I will discuss and review the difference between childhood-onset psychosis and imaginary friends.

As a parent, should I be concerned with peculiar behaviors/thoughts?

Childhood-onset schizophrenia can be very difficult to diagnose because it requires a lot of testing, ruling out of other things, and observation. Psychologists don’t want to make the wrong decision and often seek to differentiate psychosis from imagination.

In this video, I discuss it further and offer some insight on what to look for in children who may be psychotic or who may have a “colorful” imagination.

As always, I wish you well

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States across the nation are passing laws, reducing restrictions, and enacting new regulations to help support the transition from stay-at-home orders to the normal flow of life again.

To keep everyone at Anchored Child & Family Counseling safe, I will only be opening the office for in-person sessions 1 day of the week. The other days of the week will consist of teletherapy sessions until the mask wearing restrictions are reduced or eliminated and corona virus cases have gone down.

My office assistant and I will be monitoring insurance policies for any changes to corona-related cost share, copayment, and coinsurance policies. I will be checking and rechecking insurance policies to ensure you will be covered for teletherapy. At this time, all major insurance companies (UPMC, Highmark, Aetna, Optum/United, and Cigna) are continuing to provide coverage for teletherapy into September 2020.

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Thank you



Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

Licensed Child & Family Therapist
National Board Certified Counselor
Internationally Certified Trauma Therapist

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