Risk Factors for Schizophrenia
by Amy Scholten, MPH
A risk factor is something that raises your chances of getting a health problem. You can have schizophrenia with or without any of the risks listed below. The more you have, the greater chances your chances of getting it.
Schizophrenia tends to run in families. This is mainly true if a close relative has it such as a twin or parent. It may also be linked to certain problems in the genes.
Other factors that make the risk higher:
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Last reviewed December 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrian Preda, MD
Last Updated: 8/14/2019
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