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Rock Hill, SC: Educators..."seeing psychotic symptoms in younger children"

June 8, 2018, Rock Hill (SC) Herald: 'Epidemic' in York, Chester, Lancaster child mental illness spawns a network of help https://www.heraldonline.com/news/local/education/article212507754.html Educators and mental health professionals are seeing psychotic symptoms in younger children. Help exists for families and individuals struggling with mental illness. "We have seen a rise in our psychotic children, starting with symptoms as early as 6 or 7 years old," said Tamara Edrington, director of the Catawba Community Mental Health Center's Family Center. It's a trend that is "very rare" in children younger than 15, said Paul Cornely, Ph. D, executive director of the Catawba Community Mental Health Center in Rock Hill. He said the typical onset of psychosis is 18-25 years old. The rise in mental illness in children has forced educators to establish new strategies to deal with what they call an 'epidemic.' They're now forced to confront the issue of student mental illness, and related misbehavior, in the classroom.