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.