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what can cause schizophrenia?

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Dr. Mark Reynolds
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Multifactorial: As with many medical conditions the causes of schizophrenia are not fully know. It is believed they are polygenetic, with multiple genes interacting resulting in some degree of vulnerability or resistance to the condition. This biology then interacts with environmental factors, both positive and negative which can have different effects based upon when in life or how many/often they occur.
Dr. Daryl Tanski
Specializes in Psychiatry
Simply...: A combination of genetic vulnerability and exposure to stress.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Does smoking weed cause schizophrenia?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
No: However it could unmask a latent schizophrenic process. "weed" at times causes euphoria and some feelings of paranoia. Hallucinations are not unusual either. Both are components of schizophrenia. In the 70's IV sedative hypnotics were used if one suspected schizophrenia but it wasn't clear. It would at times unmask schizophrenia symptoms of paranoia & hallucinations. Ethically it isn't done now.
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What sort of disorders can schizophrenia cause?

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Dr. Douglas Bey
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That's the illness: Pts may be depressed by the limitations imposed by their severe, chronic illness.
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A 36-year-old male asked:

What causes schizophrenia? Is there a cure for it?

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Dr. Vanja Kondev
Psychiatry 17 years experience
Schizophrenia : Genetically based chronic psychiatric illness. Treatment provides symptom relief.
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What are the causes of schizophrenia?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
We used to think: That schizophrenia was due to inadequate parenting. Unfortunately, blame was placed on parents and families; however, although the environment can play a part in making things worse, the cause is probably physiological. Medications help control the symptoms. Research seems to concur. Family and individual therapy can help the in families to be more supportive, but medication is what is most needed.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Doctors, what are the causes of schizophrenia?

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Specializes in Psychiatry
Multifactorial: Actual is yet to be known does involve an inherited or spontaneously acquired genetic risk and concurrent stress the resultant symptoms are currently believed to be contributed to by aberrant functions of neurochemicals in the central nervous system. Ultimately, this is likely too simple of an explanation.

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