Childhood Onset Schizophrenia or Imaginary Friend?

Childhood onset schizophrenia Have you ever witnessed a child talking to his or her imaginary friend?

What did you think? How old was the child?

For most people, imaginary friends are cute little “companions” to kids under the age of 9 years old. But when a child older than age 9 decides to have an imaginary friend, things change.

In this article, I will discuss and review the difference between childhood-onset psychosis and imaginary friends.

As a parent, should I be concerned with peculiar behaviors/thoughts?

Childhood-onset schizophrenia can be very difficult to diagnose because it requires a lot of testing, ruling out of other things, and observation. Psychologists don’t want to make the wrong decision and often seek to differentiate psychosis from imagination.

In this video, I discuss it further and offer some insight on what to look for in children who may be psychotic or who may have a “colorful” imagination.