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Are there risk factors for paranoid schizophrenia?

Mark Moronell, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
One of the primary risk factors for paranoid schizophrenia, just like all types of schizophrenia, is having a family history of the disease. If any of your close relatives have schizophrenia, or paranoid schizophrenia, you are more likely to develop the illness compared to the general population. For instance, if your parent or sibling has schizophrenia, you will have a 10% chance of having it as well. Most people in the world only have a 1% chance of having schizophrenia. Scientists are interested in identifying other causes of schizophrenia. They believe that early life experiences in the womb may cause brain changes that eventually lead to schizophrenia. Early drug use, trauma during childhood, and having a father who is older than average also may contribute to development of paranoid schizophrenia.

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