Psychotic disorders can be misunderstood or misdiagnosed by clinicians that deal with children, including clinical social workers, counselors, child psychiatrists, and child psychologists. Many times it is difficult for a mental health professional to determine whether the problematic behaviors exhibited are the result of an altered normal developmental process or the result of a serious mental disorder. This book provides professionals and students with the specific information needed to assess better the exact nature of what is affecting the young patient.

Psychotic Symptoms Related to other Conditions

Psychotic symptoms related to other conditions

As can be seen from earlier sections of this book, both psychotic and nonpsychotic disorders can be associated with psychotic symptoms in children and adolescents. However, it is also important to note that hallucinations may be present in a variety of other conditions and may even be present in nonpathological states. What follows is a review of several other diagnostic possibilities that should be considered by the clinician when faced with a young person who is experiencing hallucinations or other symptoms of a psychotic illness.

Distinguishing Fantasies from True Hallucinations

Childhood play is often characterized by imaginative play, which is not only a very normal activity, but is an essential component of development. However, there are ...

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