This Chapter Will Review The Following Propositions:

Psychotic symptoms are rather common in clinical practice.

Psychotic symptoms are common in severe psychiatric disturbances.

Most of the psychotic features in children and adolescents are associated with affective disorders.

The great majority of psychotic symptoms of children and adolescents respond to appropriate treatment.

There are a number of barriers that examiners need to overcome to objectify psychotic disorders.

Psychotic symptoms in childhood may represent incipient signs of serious psychiatric disorders or may foreshadow serious future psychopathology.

Oftentimes, psychotic symptoms are not apparent; clinicians need to explore their presence systematically in all patients.

Serious psychotic disorders may continue into adulthood.

Psychotic symptoms are seldom trivial. They need close monitoring