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What increases my risk for residual schizophrenia?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

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.

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