My 17 Yr old is showing signs of schizophrenia

Posted by jimmijo @jimmijo, Jun 2 10:21am

We are taking care of my wife's niece and her mother and father both have schizophrenia and she is now showing signs i believe. She talks to people that aren't there and eats things like tadpoles, cat food, rocks, and almost anything she can. She also can play for hours with just a string and be very content. She has no emotions and can't feel hot or cold and has no feeling for pain. She has no concept of danger, she can't take care of her hygiene without us telling her to do it. She is very manipulative and vindictive at times. Took her to a Dr and she manipulated them into thinking she was fine by crying about her mom that she doesn't know. I need help

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Hello @jimmijo and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. It is good that you are reaching out for support.

Member @fireisland shared about her experience with her husband and son and may be able to come back in to share with you.

Are you caring for your niece for an extended period of time? Have her parents recognized her symptoms?

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We have had her since she was 3 and we seen certain things different early but just thought it was normal for her. Since she was about 9 she started with some of the things i mentioned in the last post and I am afraid of what she can handle on her own when she graduates. I am afraid she can't take care of her self.

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@jimmijo

We have had her since she was 3 and we seen certain things different early but just thought it was normal for her. Since she was about 9 she started with some of the things i mentioned in the last post and I am afraid of what she can handle on her own when she graduates. I am afraid she can't take care of her self.

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Hello @jimmijo,

It is so good of you and your wife to care for her parents as well as her niece. You are obviously caring people and I can certainly understand your concern for your wife's niece, especially given the family history of schizophrenia. I agree with @amandajro that it is good that you are reaching out for help. You mention that you are concerned about her being able to care for herself after graduation and this is a valid concern based on your observations.

A second opinion from a psychiatrist could be very helpful. Have you tried to get an appointment with another doctor to evaluate this young girl? A university medical school or a facility like Mayo Clinic might be a good place for a second opinion.

Was the doctor she saw previously a behavioral therapist?

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