Left untreated, childhood schizophrenia can result in severe emotional, behavioral and health problems. Complications associated with schizophrenia may occur in childhood or later, such as:

  • Poor performance or inability to attend school or work
  • Inability to perform daily activities, such as bathing or dressing
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Suicide
  • Self-injury
  • Anxiety and phobias
  • Depression
  • Abuse of alcohol, drugs or prescription medications
  • Poverty
  • Homelessness
  • Family conflicts
  • Inability to live independently
  • Health problems, including those associated with antipsychotic medications, smoking and poor lifestyle choices
  • Being a victim of aggressive behavior
  • Aggressive behavior
Feb. 28, 2014