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What causes schizophrenia?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Although some people think schizophrenia is a result of circumstances that occurred during a person's childhood, this is not the case. Although siblings are more likely to acquire the disorder than others, this is the result of genetics. While doctors are not certain about the causes of schizophrenia, they do believe genetics plays a role. Another potential contributor is a birth defect. It is possible that a mother who has the flu during her second trimester or a complication that causes a lack of oxygen during birth will have a child with schizophrenia.

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