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Are some veterans more likely to get psychosis than others?

Doctors and mental health professionals are very interested in the question of who is likely to develop psychosis, because early treatment might someday prevent the disorder. However, it is still not possible to predict the onset of psychosis, even among veterans who may be considered high-risk. Schizophrenia, the most common psychosis, is believed to develop due to a combination of biological, social, and psychological factors. A family history of psychotic disorders, stressors on the development of the brain (while in the womb or in infancy), pre-existing psychological vulnerabilities, living in an urban environment, and social stressors are the major risk factors.
 

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