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How does someone become sick with schizophrenia?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Mental health experts still do not understand how people become sick from schizophrenia. One thing we do know is that the brains of people with schizophrenia work differently than other people's brains. There is definitely a genetic link to schizophrenia.  It can run in families, although scientists are not entirely sure how genes affect a person's tendency to develop the disease.

The National Institute of Mental Health states that family members and identical twins have a higher incidence of sharing a diagnosis of schizophrenia than the average population. You are ten times more likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia if one of your family members has the illness, and about 50 times more likely to be affected by the disease if your identical twin has it. Other environmental factors may play a role.

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