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How do genetics cause schizophrenia?

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Think of your genes as a blueprint for your body. If there’s a change to these instructions, it can sometimes raise your odds for diseases like schizophrenia. Doctors don’t think there’s just one “schizophrenia gene.” Instead, they think it takes many genetic changes, or mutations, to raise your odds of having the illness.

SOURCES:

National Alliance of Mental Illness: “Schizophrenia.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Schizophrenia.”

Medscape: “Schizophrenia.”

Mayo Clinic: “Schizophrenia.”

 

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on June 29, 2020

SOURCES:

National Alliance of Mental Illness: “Schizophrenia.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Schizophrenia.”

Medscape: “Schizophrenia.”

Mayo Clinic: “Schizophrenia.”

 

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on June 29, 2020

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