Schizophrenia in Children: Resources

Check out these resources for more information about childhood schizophrenia.

ByABC News
March 12, 2010, 2:47 PM

March 12, 2010— -- For almost eight months, "20/20" chronicled the lives of three families with kids that have childhood schizophrenia.

Last spring, 7-year-old Jani Schofield was diagnosed with schizophrenia, in part because of her incessant hallucinations that she says command her to hit and bite people. Brenna Wohlenberg, 14, has not yet been diagnosed with schizophrenia, but she says sinister spirits instruct her to become a serial killer. Her 12-year-old sister Ailish also struggles with hallucinations and violent inclinations.

Click here for more on each family's struggle with childhood schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia in children is extremely rare, occurring in one out of every 30,000 children. One of the key criteria for a diagnosis of schizophrenia is sustained hallucinations, lasting more than six months. Check out these resources for more information about childhood-onset schizophrenia.