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Romanian orphan diagnosed and medicated for schizophrenia

Discussion in 'Childhood' started by shimmerz, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. shimmerz

    shimmerz My silence spoke a thousand words you never heard Premium Member

    I have a friend who is a teacher. She chats with at times about children who she feels have some trauma stuff going on. We spoke yesterday and what she told me really disturbed me.

    A fellow teacher adopted a child from Romania at 2 years old. The child is now 7. The doctors have recently diagnosed her with schizophrenia. They are dosing her with Abilify. This really hurts my heart.

    Any thoughts on this anyone? Do you think a child can have schizophrenia at 7 years old? I could really use some help with this one. I think I may be too close to it to see it clearly.
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  3. EveHarrington

    EveHarrington ________ in progress Premium Member

    Look up Jani and Bodhi Schofield.

    Both developed schizophrenia at a very young age.

    It may not be the typical presentation of schizophrenia but it does happen.

    I don’t think it’s up to anyone else to judge.
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  4. She Cat

    She Cat I'm a VIP Premium Member Sponsor $100+

    I guess it would depend on the treatment this child went through BEFORE it was adopted....
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  5. Friday

    Friday Raise Hell Moderator

    I’m thinking that on the surface of it, someone who specializes in working with children has sought comprehensive medical care & treatment for their child. That sounds like a good thing.

    Specifically focusing on abilify... this is one of the few psychiatric drugs that is considered safe enough for pediatrics, and of pediatric meds -esp antipsychotics / atypical antipsychotics- it has one of the lowest instances of & some of the mildest sets side effects both short & long term. It’s widely used with both autistic & bipolar children, in addition to the far more rare dx of schizophrenia. So as well as seeking help for their child, it sounds like their doctors are going the very slow / safe route in regards to their treatment. Again, that sounds like a good thing.
  6. Zoogal

    Zoogal I'm a VIP

    That's good
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  7. shimmerz

    shimmerz My silence spoke a thousand words you never heard Premium Member

    That's good to know. Thank you.
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