U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 50-year-old member asked:

how do you get schizophrenia?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
Probably genetically: That doesn't mean if you have a genetic predisposition you will get the disorder though. The odds are higher that you can but no one can predict what will happen. Your best defense is learning as much as you can about mental illnesses you may have seen in your family and living your life in the best possible way physically, emotionally and yes, spiritually in your own way. Positive is preventive.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Not sure: What you mean. Schizophrenia is not a disease you can catch like a cold. Rather there seems to be a perfect storm of environment and genetcs that has to happen for the illness to occur.
Dr. Mark Reynolds
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Schizophrenia: Nobody know for sure. Twin studies suggest there is a genetic component. Other risk factors may include viral infection in the mother during pregnancy, maternal malnutrition during pregnancy, stress early in life, childhood abuse or trauma, older parents, and drug use.
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.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership

Similar questions

A 43-year-old member asked:

How bad does schizophrenia get?

3 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Horrible: Severe schizophrenia can destroy a person's life--and that of the family too. Some do not respond to any available treatments or have debilitating side effects from them. They can be constantly terrified, hounded by voices and hallucinations and plagued by horrific delusions of horrible things that are going to happen. It frequently is a chronic disorder, so improvements may be transitory.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How can one get schizophrenia?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alan Faustino
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Unknown: You can not acquire or get schizophrenia, it is an abnormal thought process that patients are born with and an even or genetic signal turns the disease one. Some disease or drugs can mimick the behaviors of all mood disorders and this can be confused as a person being schizophrenic at times.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Where could i get help with schizophrenia?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Psychiatrist: A primary care doc can provide a psychiatry referral.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What is the probability of getting schizophrenia?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anthony Vertino
Clinical Psychology 23 years experience
About: 1 in 100 according to some recent statistics for a lifetime risk.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Could extroverted people get schizophrenia?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Yes: I know lots of extroverted people who suffer from schizophrenia.

Related questions

A 44-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
A 38-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 48-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
A 41-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership
Last updated Oct 3, 2016

People also asked

Related topics

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$30 per visit with
membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.