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    Schizophrenia - What Increases Your Risk

    Schizophrenia is a complex illness. Experts don't know what causes it or why some people get it and others don't. But some things increase your chances of getting it. These are called risk factors.

    You may be at risk for schizophrenia if:

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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