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Schizophrenia - Cause

Experts don't know what causes schizophrenia. It may have different causes for different people.

  • Genetics: Your chances of getting schizophrenia are greater if your parent, brother, or sister has it. But most people who have a family member with schizophrenia don't get it.
  • Brain chemistry and structure: It's possible that neurotransmitters, which send messages between parts of the brain, don't work the right way in people who have schizophrenia.
  • Problems during pregnancy: Schizophrenia may be related to problems during the mother's pregnancy that can harm a baby's developing brain and nervous system. These problems include poor nutrition or a viral infection during pregnancy.

Schizophrenia is not caused by anything you did, by personal weakness or bad choices, or by the way your parents raised you.

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Schizophrenia and Your Brain

This brain disorder affects 1% of the world’s population. People who have it may hear voices or see things that aren’t real. But what exactly happens inside the brain of someone who has schizophrenia?   A lot, it turns out. Scientists believe people who have the disorder may have higher rates of genetic mutations (changes in a gene’s structure) than others. These differences can affect hundreds of genes and may disrupt brain development. Studies show that certain brain chemicals that control thinking,...

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Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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