Who is at risk for having disorganized schizophrenia?

Mark Moronell, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Mental health experts do not know the exact cause of disorganized schizophrenia, but there are some factors that seem to increase a person's risk of getting the disease. One thing we do know is that genetics play a large role in determining who gets schizophrenia. Most people face a one percent chance of having schizophrenia, but people with relatives who have the illness are at higher risk. Also, those with disorganized schizophrenia may be more likely to have been fathered by someone who was older at conception. Our environments play a role too. Research studies have shown that experiences in the womb may cause changes in the brains of some unborn babies. Maternal viruses or malnutrition may cause these changes. Other circumstances that are linked to disorganized schizophrenia include early life trauma and early drug use.

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