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Treatments for childhood onset and early onset schizophrenia

What is childhood and early-onset schizophrenia?

Childhood-onset schizophrenia is defined as schizophrenia with onset prior to the age of 13 years, and early-onset schizophrenia describes schizophrenia between the ages of 13 and 17 years.

What is the evidence for psychosocial treatments for childhood and early-onset schizophrenia?

Moderate to low quality evidence suggests supportive therapy may be better than cognitive behavioural therapy for improving mental state, and cognitive behavioural therapy may be better than supportive therapy for improving insight in children with early-onset schizophrenia. Cognitive remediation may improve verbal memory, executive cognitive functioning (e.g. problem solving), daily living, and general functioning. Education about the illness may be beneficial for improving symptoms and functioning.

Also see the Course and Outcome childhood onset topic.

April 2016

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