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Does social isolation cause people to have a higher risk of schizophrenia?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Social isolation may increase the chance that a person develops schizophrenia. A study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry in 2010 suggests that people with schizophrenia are raised in cities more often than in rural areas. Led by Stanley Zammit, at Cardiff University in Wales, the research team noticed that cities and urban locations are home to a larger proportion of people with schizophrenia. One reason for this, the study authors say, is that people living in cities tend to have weaker social links and fewer friends. The authors came to the conclusion that life in smaller, rural areas might offer a sense of community, belonging, and safety that might somehow prevent schizophrenia in some way.

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