Current Psychiatry Reports

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 101–110 | Cite as

Evaluation and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Psychotic Symptoms

  • Sibel Algon
  • James Yi
  • Monica E. Calkins
  • Christian Kohler
  • Karin E. Borgmann-Winter


In recent years, there have been increasing efforts to develop early detection and prevention strategies for patients at risk of the development of psychotic disorders. These efforts have led to improved recognition and characterization of psychotic symptoms in youth. This review focuses on the evaluation of children and adolescents with psychotic symptoms who are experiencing functional impairment but who do not meet current criteria for schizophrenia. For this article, emphasis is placed on the evaluation of symptoms, differential diagnosis, and consideration of potential interventions.


Ultra high risk (UHR) Prodrome At-risk Psychosis Psychotic symptoms Children Adolescents Schizophrenia Youth 



Dr. Calkins has received research grant support from the National Institute of Mental Health (K08 Award). Drs. Algon and Yi contributed equally to this manuscript.


No potential conflicts of interest relevant to this article were reported.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sibel Algon
    • 2
  • James Yi
    • 2
  • Monica E. Calkins
    • 3
  • Christian Kohler
    • 3
  • Karin E. Borgmann-Winter
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, Department of PsychiatryUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Children’s Hospital of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.Neuropsychiatry Section Schizophrenia Research CenterUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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