By Annie Stuart Medically Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella, MD on July 17, 2020 Schizophrenia can be hard to spot in teens. Sometimes it can be tough to see the difference between ordinary teenage moodiness and signs of more serious illness, although this disease usually begins in late adolescence or young adulthood. It helps to know what symptoms to watch for and when you should check with your doctor. What to Look For Symptoms in teens can come on gradually over days, weeks, several months or more. This is called the prodromal period. The early symptoms of schizophrenia can sometimes look like those of other problems such as anxiety or depression. Especially at first, symptoms may look like the stuff of typical teen years: bad grades, changing friends, trouble sleeping, or irritability. But there are some early warning signs in teens that show up as changes in thinking, emotions, and behavior. Changes…

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By Mindy Tsai October 25th, 2021Diagnosed since 2004 I woke up on a bed in a room I didn’t recognize. Without speaking to anyone, I soon realized that I was locked up looking at the window. I tried to leave, but I couldn’t. I was confused and panicked. This was my first reaction to being hospitalized for the first time in my life. No college classes or work training or life lessons had ever prepared me for this. Why would my friends and family let me get locked up? Why was no one I know coming to get me out? This wasn’t a carefully planned visit. The night before, I rode in the back of an ambulance that seemed so huge and empty I felt like I was being swallowed. I was alone with a medic without any friends or family. This was the third time the EMT came pounding…

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