What are psychotic disorders in children and teens?

Also known as: mental disorders, delusions, hallucinations.

Severe mental problems that interfere with a child or adolescent’s ability to think clearly, respond emotionally, communicate normally, have unusual perceptions (hallucinations), have delusions (a false, fixed, odd belief), understand reality and behave appropriately, are known as psychotic disorders.

Psychotic symptoms are seen in children and adolescents with schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder and some forms of alcohol and drug abuse.

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

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