A recently conducted study has revealed that the symptoms of psychosis start to appear at a very early age. According to www.sify.com, children who talk to imaginary friends, or have delusions and hallucinations are more at risk of developing psychosis later in life.
The study was conducted by a group of researchers at the Duke University on around 2,232 children between the age group of 5 to 12 years. The children were asked a number of questions like whether they had seen any characters which others could not see or hear voices not heard by others. It was found that around 6 percent of the children reported symptoms of psychosis.
According to www.sciencedaily.com, the symptoms reported by these children were found to correlate with those experienced by adult schizophrenic patients.
The study, which was published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, followed the children up to the age of 26, looking closely at their psychotic traits. It was found that by that time, half of those children had grown up to become psychotic adults.
“There is not much you can do except monitoring and surveillance,” said lead researcher Terrie Moffitt. However, he added “But we feel we should be alerting clinicians that there’s a minority to pay attention to.”
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