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What increases my risk for residual schizophrenia?

There are several risk factors associated with schizophrenia, including residual schizophrenia. Having a close family member (sibling or parent) with schizophrenia increases your risk of developing the condition from 1 percent (general population's risk) to 10 percent. Some congenital, or before-birth factors, are also associated with a higher risk of schizophrenia, such as exposure to certain viruses, poor maternal nutrition, or not getting enough oxygen while being born. Taking certain kinds of illegal drugs, such as LSD and marijuana, also increases your risk of developing schizophrenia.

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
While genetics and environment may play a role, your risks for residual schizophrenia are increased if you have one of the other types of schizophrenia. In addition, stressful situations, drinking a lot, or abusing drugs can increase your risk of residual schizophrenia. Talk to your doctor about how to control your risk factors.

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