International Journal of Mental Health & PsychiatryISSN: 2471-4372

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Case Report, Int J Ment Health Psychiatry Vol: 4 Issue: 1

Clinical Social Work with a Child Experiencing Early Onset Schizophrenia in Haiti

Kolbe AR*

School of Social Work, University of North Carolina, USA

*Corresponding Author : Athena R Kolbe
School of Social Work, College of Health and Human Services, University of North Carolina 601 S College Rd Wilmington, NC 28403, USA
E-mail: [email protected]

Received: Janaury 27, 2018 Accepted: February 09, 2018 Published: February 16, 2018

Citation: Kolbe AR (2018) Clinical Social Work with a Child Experiencing Early Onset Schizophrenia in Haiti. Int J Ment Health Psychiatry 4:1. doi: 10.4172/2471-4372.1000157


Background: Early onset schizophrenia is a rare condition characterized by psychotic symptoms in children and youth under the age of 18. Diagnosis and treatment of this disorder can be complicated by cultural and socioeconomic factors.
Methods: The case of an 11-year-old girl living in urban Haiti who developed a set of unusual symptoms indicative of psychosis, notably auditory command hallucinations, visual hallucinations, and disorganized behavior, is presented in this paper.
Results and Conclusions: The history and development of the client’s treatment plan as well as the various interventions used are outlined. Cultural, social and economic issues relative to assessment and treatment of serious mental illness in Haiti are also discussed.

Keywords: Early onset psychosis; Diagnosis; Treatment interventions; Clinical social work; Socioeconomic status

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