Presentation on theme: "Ψ CDA PSYCHOLOGY UNIT Ψ RECOGNIZES WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY 2014!"— Presentation transcript:
1 Ψ CDA PSYCHOLOGY UNIT Ψ RECOGNIZES WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY 2014! THEME: Living with SchizophreniaFocus: Schizophrenia in children and teenagers
2 DefinitionSchizophrenia is a severe brain disorder in which people interpret reality abnormally. Schizophrenia may result in some combination of hallucinations, delusions, and extremely disordered thinking and behaviour.
3 Schizophrenia in children and teenagers Rarely diagnosed in children--mostly diagnosed in late teens and young adulthood.Children with schizophrenia often see or hear things that don’t really exist.They harbour paranoid and bizarre beliefs. For example they may think that others are plotting against them.
4 Schizophrenia in children and teenagers Other symptoms include: problems paying attention, impaired memory and reasoning, speech impairment, inappropriate or flat expression of emotion, poor social skills and a depressed mood.Schizophrenia has a profound impact on a child's behavior and developmentAt times it is misdiagnosed as autism or bipolar disorder.
5 Treatment Lifelong treatment, that may include the following: Antipsychotic medicationsIndividual and family therapySocial and academic skills trainingHospitalization
6 Remember, there is no good health without good mental health!!! WHERE TO GET HELPFamily doctor or a pediatricianPsychiatrist or mental health professionalChild Guidance Clinics or Mental Health Clinics at your nearest health centreCDA Psychologist, where applicableRemember, there is no good health without good mental health!!!