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Antidepressants may increase suicidal thoughts or behaviors in some children, teenagers, and young adults, especially within the first few months of treatment or when the dose is changed. Depression and other serious mental illnesses are themselves associated with an increase in the risk of suicide. Patients on antidepressants and their families or caregivers should watch for new or worsening depression symptoms, unusual changes in behavior, or thoughts of suicide. Such symptoms should be reported to the patient's healthcare provider right away, especially if they are severe or occur suddenly. ABILIFY®(aripiprazole) is not approved for use in pediatric patients with depression. See More Safety Information

INDICATION: ABILIFY (aripiprazole) is indicated for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults and adolescents 13 to 17 years of age.

Understanding Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that causes strange or unusual thinking, feelings, and behavior.
In teens, symptoms may develop slowly and go unnoticed at first. But over time, they can have an impact on their relationships with family or friends.

Challenges for Your Teenager

Challenges for Your Teenager With Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia can impact your teen’s ability to function in different areas: at home, at school, and in social situations. He or she may act inappropriately or have trouble interacting with family members or peers. Your teen may also have difficulty concentrating and remembering the things he or she is supposed to.

Substance abuse and suicide are serious risks with schizophrenia, which is part of the reason accurate diagnosis is so important. With proper treatment and therapy, the symptoms of schizophrenia may be managed.



There are no lab tests or brain imaging that can detect schizophrenia. And it can be mistaken for other conditions that have similar symptoms. The doctor must take a thorough history of your teen and your family. Most importantly, he or she will base a diagnosis on symptoms, including symptoms your teen has had in the past, particularly over a period of 6 months or longer. Schizophrenia may be harder to recognize in teens due to fewer positive psychotic symptoms (such as hallucinations) in this age group.



While the exact cause of schizophrenia is still unknown, it is thought to be caused, in part, by an imbalance of certain chemical messengers called neurotransmitters in the brain. In addition to the role these chemicals may have, schizophrenia does appear to run in families. Learn more

Important Safety Information About Allergic Reactions: Patients should not use ABILIFY (aripiprazole) if they are allergic to aripiprazole or any of the ingredients in ABILIFY. Allergic reactions have ranged from rash, hives and itching to anaphylaxis, which may include difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, and swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue.

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  • Types of Symptoms

    Learn about the symptoms of schizophrenia in teens.