The most common age for developing symptoms is between the ages of 18 and 25. Both males & females are equally affected but peak age of onsetdiffers in both sexes. (In females 15-25 years, In males 25 – 35 years).
Research does show, however, that schizophrenia does show up in childhood, but only 2 percent of individuals with schizophrenia had their onset in childhood.
Early Warning Signs
Other visible signs that difficulties may be forming (which sometimes can be early warnings of schizo-phrenia) include changes in personal hygiene and appearance, changes in personality, changes in sleep patterns, not showing up for work or school, or pro-nounced inappropriate or bizarre behavior.
Before reaching a diagnosis of schizophrenia, it is important to rule out other illnesses. Other medical illnesses can mimic schizo-phrenic symptoms.
For this reason a medical history, laboratory tests, and a physical examination should be taken before concluding that a person has schizophrenia.
The diagnosis of schizophrenia is usually made by a medical doctor who specializes in mental and emotional conditions. This type of physician is called a psychiatrist.
Dr. Vimal Kumar graduated in medicine (M.B.B.S.) from the Institute Of Medical Sciences,
Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, U.P., INDIA. He then obtained his M.D.in Psychiatry
from the Deptt. Of Psychiatry, I.M.S., B.H.U. with honors and completed a 3-year residency
program in psychiatry at Sir Sunder.Lal Hospital, I.M.S., B.H.U.in 1983.
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