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What are your chances of getting schizophrenia?

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They do know that you’re more likely to get schizophrenia if someone in your family has it. If it’s a parent, brother, or sister, your chances go up by 10%. If both your parents have it, you have a 40% chance of getting it, too.

Your chances are greatest -- 50% -- if you have an identical twin with the disorder. However, some people with schizophrenia have no family history of it. Scientists think that in these cases, a gene may have changed and made the condition more likely.

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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