Symptoms of depersonalization in a child
The child is dominated by sensory forms of self-awareness - self-perception, including a sense of activity, body and subject sensations. Rudiments of depersonalization can already be noticed in children over the age of three. It manifests itself in gaming reincarnation, for example, in animals, in other people. Children want to be fed with animal feed, they say that they have a ponytail and paws, go on all fours, ask to be called by other people's names. A healthy child can play like that, and the difference is that it is almost impossible to distract a sick child from such a game. He completely reincarnates.
Often in children there is a somatopsychic form of the syndrome - children do not feel hunger and thirst, they feel that their parts of the body live their life. Typically, these rudiments of symptoms are observed in children with schizophrenia or epilepsy.
The rudiments of allopsychic depersonalization can already be seen from the age of ten. Are manifested by attacks of deja vu or zemu vu. Such seizures are also characteristic of epileptics or epileptoid states, early schizophrenia.
In the process of development, a cognitive form of self-consciousness is born from children's self-feelings, giving the growing individual an opportunity to delimit his inner world from what is happening from the outside. The child begins to distinguish the act of his own consciousness from external influences, to objectify his "I", to analyze his thoughts and behavior.
"Adult" complaints about manifestations of depersonalization in adolescents are formed to late puberty and are manifested mainly by mental anesthesia, visual and auditory disorders. Much less frequent are disorders of taste and tactile sensations, phenomena of deja vu and zemu vu.
Teenagers often experience a personal transformation with the alienation of emotions. Somatopsychic form of the phenomenon is represented by sensations of loss of unity of one's own body, changes in its proportions, the absence of any parts. Adolescent age is characterized by depersonalization and derealization disorders due to the fact that during this period there is the formation of personality, rapid physical growth and physiological changes in the body, emotions ripple. In this period, the tendency to get stuck and self-rooting increases. Experts believe that such disorders in adolescence are frequent, it's just that teenagers find it difficult to express their feelings.