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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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Trying to understand all of the chaos associated with the #coronavirus can feel very overwhelming.

I want to let ALL of my clients/patients who come to Anchored Child & Family Counseling or who see me for consultations know that I am taking the necessary steps to ensure that all of the families and individuals who come to the office are safe and healthy.

Please know that, in the event Anchored Child & Family Counseling is asked to alter its hours or close for the safety of all clients/patients, I will be offering tele-health (online, computer, or phone) services. Although I do not anticipate this happening any time soon, this is important to be prepared for.

I also want to assure you that if I receive any information regarding the corona virus that involves your insurance and/or your care I will let you know as soon as possible.

Although many of the new reports may appear to be or feel exaggerated, as you know keeping our eyes open and making smart decisions is essential.

Please let me know if you have questions!



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