No one knows how to prevent schizophrenia at this time. The best we can do is to notice early signs and symptoms for a correct diagnosis. If treatment can start when symptoms are mild, it can help improve the quality of life for children and adolescents with schizophrenia.
Treatment is most successful when symptoms of the first psychotic episode are addressed quickly and properly. Studies suggest that early treatment may keep the illness from getting worse and help reduce some of the long-term effects of schizophrenia.
It is important to the success of the treated child or teen who is prescribed medications for the treatment of schizophrenia to keep taking the medicine as prescribed. Dosages and types of medications may need to be adjusted from time to time in order to stay effective. Always consult your child's physician for more information.