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Question?: Schizophrenia In Children

Richard asks…

How can someone with Schizophrenia take care of two small children?

My daughter-in-law does not want to be home alone with the children (2 and 6) She also does not want to go anywheres, besides being home. She has trouble concentrating on things when you are speaking to her.

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As someone who works in behavioral health and has mental illness, I’d say it’s possible, if the person is very faithful with their medications and other treatment he or she may be receiving (and that’s a big if). However, she may need a lot of help and support.

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Question?: Schizophrenia In Children

Robert asks…

Could me and my fiance still have children if he has schizophrenia?

Someone told me that because my fiance is schizophrenic we would have any children we had taken off us. He went through a bad patch 3 years ago and got into trouble with the police, he went on to medication and had intense physiatric help. When we got together he became a lot calmer and he hasn’t had an episode since, he has been off medication for awhile now. So would this effect us in the future when we decide to have children?
Thanks

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If there is one parent who is competent at all times, and if the parent with schizophrenia has a meltdown, the other spouse was sure to take care of that child at all times, there is no reason for the state to intervene. The issues come up when the child is neglected or otherwise at risk. Most people with schizophrenia are never violent (that’s substance abuse plus mental illness that can increase violence) so the diagnosis alone would rarely be used to take a child away, and in those cases, that’s probably illegal, but the person with schizophrenia cannot afford a good lawyer.

You know, a one time bad patch with psychosis doesn’t mean a person has schizophrenia. It used to be said that a person would have a nervous breakdown, and it was well known that the person would recover and be fine. Nowadays, everybody assumes if a person got psychosis, that they are mentally ill for life and better take their pills. Not true!

Schizophrenia is not particularly genetic. Maybe a little, but not strongly so.

I hope he is in therapy and learning coping skills and stress reduction, to reduce the risk of further break downs.

Good luck!

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Question?: Schizophrenia In Children

Helen asks…

Is schizophrenia found in children whose fathers were older when they were born?

Is this true?

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Try doing a search for clinical research on www.pubmed.com. Pubmed is an internet portal used by medical professionals to research different medical topics. Anything published in a scientific journal, regarding medical topics, can be found on that site. It is a very good resource.

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Question?: Schizophrenia In Children

Lisa asks…

Can mental illnesses such as autism and schizophrenia be passed on to children?

My fiance and I both of family members who suffer from these ailments, my sister has autism, and her mother has schizophrenia. When we decide to have children of our own, is their a higher chance that they might suffer from these conditions? Also, is my soon to be wife at risk of becoming schizophrenic herself? She is 19 and currently in good mental health.

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Unfortunately neither of those conditions are particularly well understood.

It is true that there are believed to be genetic influences in both of them, but there are also many other factors that researchers are looking at. Exactly how much genetic influence is not clear at all, and a genetic history certainly doesn’t mean that children will develop them.

On the positive side, there is no evidence whatsoever that autism is influenced by vaccinations – something which has become internet folklore and has been disproven by recent large-scale scientific studies. Also early diagnosis of autism is becoming better, and autistic children who get early intervention therapies are showing great improvements.

Schizophrenia normally doesn’t develop until adulthood. Its cause is pretty much a mystery but research is concentrating on brain development. It certainly seems to have a genetic component, but research suggests that its onset can be signficantly affected by environmental factors like psychological stress.

With one known case in your family of each (and on different sides), and yourselves being presumably healthy, it doesn’t sound like the genetic risk is very significant for any children you might have. Remember also that these two conditions, while both affecting the brain, are unrelated so the risk is not increased by having one of each in the family.

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Question?: Schizophrenia In Children

Linda asks…

Anyone have experience with schizophrenia in children? Very real imaginary friends!?

I’m not asking for a diagnosis, merely opinions, and thoughts. I am currently looking for a psychologist who can help us further, and have some books on hold at the library about it. I’m concerned about my 9 year old autistic son. I’m sorry this is going to be long, probably…

He has had an imaginary friend, “Gavin”, since he was about 5, as far as we know. But that is also when he started to verbalize more things, so actually, he may have been friends with Gavin for longer than that. I know that imaginary friends are normal in children. I had one when I was a kid, but the thing was, *I knew she was imaginary*, I knew other people could not see her. I’ve started to get more worried about my son, because I don’t think he knows that.

Gavin used to be in a wheelchair. (Don’t ask me why- kid has a vivid imagination, I guess). Recently, Gavin was given a walker, and can walk around. Now that he has a walker, people keep sitting on him. This really upsets my son. He goes mad when people sit on Gavin. Gavin pretty much goes everywhere, because according to my son, he has separation anxiety. Everyone has to leave a space for Gavin to stand next to, or sit next to my son. He even has an empty chair at school for Gavin to sit next to him. Someone sat on Gavin today at the supermarket, and my son was very, very upset- and in fact, still is now, several hours later.

There is a correlation between autism and schizophrenia which I do not fully understand at the moment. I’ve looked it up online but haven’t found too much useful info. Some of the books I’ve got coming from the library are about it, so will hopefully shed some light. My son’s therapists and teachers have all pretty much brushed it off, and said it’s normal. But recently I’ve felt like Gavin is getting more and more real, and honestly, it freaks me out.

I don’t think it is normal anymore. Maybe it used to be, but it’s not anymore. I also don’t think it’s healthy because it upsets my son so much. For something that doesn’t exist, Gavin sure does cause a lot of problems. I want him gone. My son already does play therapy, which is supposed to help get rid of imaginary friends. It isn’t working, obviously.

I brought up schizophrenia today with his ABA therapist. She said she didn’t think so– BUT, she also said she doesn’t know much (anything) about it. I don’t know what to do about Gavin in the meantime either. He’s a real pain. He was easier when he was in the wheelchair too.

Just from reading this post, do you think I’m over-reacting and it sounds normal? Or maybe there is something more going on??
(Again, I know you don’t know for sure. Opinions only.)
2nd answer: Good idea, but unlikely because my son is more of a “sensory seeker”. He climbs all over people, and would sit on a stranger’s lap if they let him. He has no issues with people being close to him. You can be close to him as long as Gavin isn’t on that side.

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I doubt it’s schizophrenia and that would not be the route I would personally be looking down.

My 8 year old had an imaginary friend named Lissy until he was about 6. Lissy went everywhere with us and honestly? I thought it was a bit fascinating hearing the detail he went into about Lissy. He had a whole backstory for her and she had her own likes and dislikes and everything! I’m not sure what the ‘normal’ age is to grow out of them but 9 doesn’t seem incredibly old, and it could be linked in some way to autism if he has any maturity delays (again just all speculation here as I do not know your son). Your kid is probably building Gavin from things he sees around him and using Gavin as a way to process these things.

Keep working with his therapists about it but I would so not be freaking out about things like schizophrenia. That seems so unlikely to me; especially at age 9. Obviously none of us can say for sure but I would be focusing on finding other reasons for it.

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Question?: Schizophrenia In Children

Robert asks…

Is it wrong to have children if you have schizophrenia?

Hello, my situation is this I am in my late twenties, and I have 4 beautiful healthy children. I was diagnosed of having schizophrenia in 2007. I since been on medication and have been seeing a psychiatrist every three months. I have been a stay at home mother since then and have get money from disability. I was married recently and I am pregnant with my 5th child, I would love to have 6 in total. Do you think I am crazy for wanting more? LOL

My husband does have a good job that pays well.

What does society think?

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I think if you’re able to financially and emotionally care for these children, even if you need a bit of help at times, there is no reason a person with schizophrenia would be less able to effectively raise children.

When it comes to the genetic possibility of passing schizophrenia along to another generation, this is where it becomes a slippery slope. Is it wrong to have children if you have depression? Is it wrong to have children if you’re diabetic? Once you declare it’s wrong for people who have schizophrenia to have children, what next?

I personally think an individual with schizophrenia has the same right as anyone else to have children. The two arguments against this would be you aren’t able to care for your kids fully because of your illness and you could pass it along. However, you seem like you’ve got your illness treated to a point where you are able to care for your children. And like I said with the genetic argument, it’s really an unethical and unrealistic standpoint considering the millions of genetic diseases that we can pass on to our children.

So no, I don’t think it’s wrong to have children if you have schizophrenia. 6 is a lot of kids for anyone and may be a handful even if your illness is well treated. Don’t be afraid to admit you need the help of a relative or friend if you start getting overwhelmed. Utilize your resources, monitor your illness, and I don’t see why there would be anything wrong with the situation.

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Question?: Schizophrenia In Children

Mark asks…

Schizophrenia in children?

My 8 year old has just been diagnosed with boderline schizophrenia and we are stationed in Germany right now….has anyone else gone through this or can offer in advice on how to deal with punishment and rewards and tips on what may come? Thank you so much!!

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You definitely want to keep things very structured. There are two common characteristics with schizophrenia (other than delusions and hallucinations)- disorganization and cognitive (processing) deficits. So, you need to stick to a regular routine and make sure that whatever punishment-reward system you use is simple and consistent. People with schizophrenia often have a difficult understanding consequences, so I imagine that it is much worse for children.
Talk to a psychologist or even check out some books at the library about setting up a system that is appropriate for your child.

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Question?: Schizophrenia In Children

John asks…

What are my odds of getting schizophrenia? What about my children?

My Grandmother had it, 2 of my Uncles have it, 3 people have commited suicide in my mom’s immediate family, and now my 21 year old brother is showing signs of schizophrenia. I’m 25 and worried in the near future it can happen to me also. I might even pass it to my children.

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You have around 5% chance of getting it, if you have it then 10% for your children, if not then only 2%
Know the early warning signs and be careful of yourself

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Question?: Schizophrenia In Children

Michael asks…

If my parents both had drug induced schizophrenia, will my children get it?

Both of my parents were heroin addicts, and had drug induced schizophrenia. I don’t have schizophrenia myself, but If I ever took drugs I would get it straight away. I was just wondering if any children I might have in the future would have schizophrenia. Thanks x

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There’s a very high chance of getting it, so they might, or might not, just depends what genes they get 🙂

My grandpa and uncle have schizophrenia, and I don’t have it, and neither does my mom 🙂

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Question?: Schizophrenia In Children

Chris asks…

What should I do or what measures should I take to avoid/control schizophrenia in my children.?

We are three brothers and one sister. One of my brothers (3rd among 4 sibs) is schizophrenic. I am married with one 5 years old daughter and I got married outside my family. One of my paternal uncle and 3 of my cousins from my three different paternal uncles also got schizophrenia but one of the cousin is doing fine now after treatment. But my brother has no chance of healing though he is getting treatment. My parents were not related in anyway before marriage.

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Contrary to what some of the answers here have said THERE IS NO CONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE THAT SCHIZOPHRENIA IS INHERITED! Some believe there is an inherited predisposition to getting it but I doubt it. Schizophrenia is not a single disorder but a spectrum of disorders. SO STOP WORRYING ABOUT IT and take steps to raise your children in a family atmosphere of Tender Loving Care (TLC), which will prevent a whole lot of trouble for them.

Good luck, good mental health, peace and love!

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