A risk factor is something that raises your chance of getting a health problem. You can have schizophrenia with or without any of the risks listed below. The more factors you have, the greater chances your chances of getting it.
Schizophrenia tends to run in families. The risk if higher if schizophrenia or bipolar disorder is present in a parent, brother, or sister.
Other factors that make the risk higher:
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Adrian Preda, MD
Last Updated: 8/14/2019