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    Old 08-22-2006, 04:56 AM   #1
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    Age of diagnosis

    Is there an age limit to diagnosing schizophrenia- such as you have to be over 18 to get that diagnosis or can it be diagnosed at any age?

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    Old 08-22-2006, 05:27 AM   #2
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    Re: Age of diagnosis

    Average age for onset of schizophrenia is late teens to late twenties. Usually earlier for men than women. Schizophrenia can be diagnosed at other ages but it is rare.

    Old 09-09-2006, 07:45 AM   #3
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    Re: Age of diagnosis

    I'm a mom of a 16 year old diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. He was diagnosed at the age of 9. I run a support group message board and know of many other children similarly diagnosed. I think it isn't quite as rare but rather that people don't typically get diagnosed until later. My son, for one, thought *everyone* heard voices and saw things that weren't there. He didn't tell us for years he was experiencing these things. He has very, very early memories of being tormented by his voices and hallucinations.

    I've heard many adults with sz say that as children they experienced symptoms, but didn't tell their parents or didn't know it was not normal, so didn't say anything about the symptoms.

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