Early Childhood Schizophrenia Research Paper

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Childhood schizophrenia is a mental health issue that leads to emotional issues that can emerge in early childhood and can be detrimental to a child’s development physically, socially, and emotionally. In my essay, I will discuss the process in terms of how this disorder arises during childhood, the emotional challenges that youth face when interacting with people and navigating their social worlds. Furthermore, I will be focusing on how the behaviour is maintained using a behaviourist and cognitive approach including what can be done to aid this mental disorder. Schizophrenia is an incapacitating and unforgiving disease characterized by severe psychotic episodes. It is a brain disease that creates confusion between what is real and what is …show more content…
They develop sense of paranoia and thinking that someone is following them which makes it hard for them to make the right choices. Their rational thinking makes it difficult for them to get along or work with other people because of their irregular behavior. School and home based treatments can help their performance both cognitively and behaviorally. Early onset schizophrenia (EOS) is a severe disorder that occurs before the age of 18 and can lead to many developmental problems. According to researchers, this disorder can be caused by biological and environmental factors. These episodes of behavior represent an unusual pattern that occurs for a number of reasons. In relation to the biological and genetic spectrum, schizophrenia can be caused by the way the brain is structured due to an imbalance in brain chemicals. Neurotransmitters including dopamine and glutamate are correlated to the development of schizophrenia. Dopamine synthesis indicates an increase in symptoms signaled by onset patterns. (Cannon, 2015) Some of these indications may include language delays, late or unusual crawling, late walking and other abnormal motor behaviors such as rocking or arm flapping. Symptoms that occur during adolescence involves …show more content…
If the child is not born with the mental illness, they can develop it through experiencing a phenomenon of a traumatic incident. For example, social isolation and childhood trauma appear in affect of presynaptic dopaminergic function. Childhood adversity is a state of serious difficulty or misfortune which is also relative to how they may experience EOS. Exposure to domestic violence or living with another person with a serious mental illness can contribute to developing schizophrenia. This can relate to the Little Albert experiment that was conducted in 1920 using a classical condition theory that represented a 9-month-old infant that was examined based on his reactions to various stimuli’s. For instance, he would be presented with a rat, monkey, dog and other various provocations in which the experimenters received no obtainable reaction. Afterwards, they presented the same stimuli’s, except they generated a loud noise at the same time which caused a reaction of increased fear from the

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