Discussion Questions

  1. What are the core features of bipolar disorder? What are the core features of pediatric schizophrenia? At least initially, it is often difficult to distinguish between the two diagnostically. Why might this be? What specific features should clinicians be observing or asking about?

  2. Both bipolar disorder and pediatric schizophrenia are heavily influenced by biological factors. However, there is evidence that suggests that psychological interventions may delay or prevent their onset. What does this indicate about these two disorders?

  3. There are many popularly held beliefs and stereotypes about schizophrenia. List some of these and explain what research has told us about these.

  4. Explain the difference between positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia. Why is it important to understand symptoms in this way?