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What increases my risk for catatonic schizophrenia?

Because doctors aren' t sure what causes catatonic schizophrenia, they aren' t exactly sure what puts you at risk. But since doctors theorize that schizophrenia is caused by genetic factors and birth defects, people who are related to schizophrenics are at risk. In addition, certain birth defects can put you at risk for developing the disorder. These include a lack of oxygen at birth, prenatal nutritional problems, and a pregnant mother' s contraction of the flu. Other risk factors include stress and childhood distress, older parents, and exposure to some psychoactive drugs.

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