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Is schizophrenia acquired or are we born with it? Is someone born with a propensity for it or is it acquired in some way during your life?

Is schizophrenia acquired or are we born with it? Is someone born with a propensity for it or is it acquired in some way during your life?

Born with, but......: Schizophrenia has a largely genetic and neurodevelopmental etiology although it is often unmasked in times of severe stress. For example, people who move to new countries often go through enormous amounts of stress and this leads to deterioration in mental health that is thought to tip people who have a genetic propensity for schizophrenia towards developing the disease. ...Read more

Dr. Kevin Passer
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Schizophrenia (Definition)

Mental disorder with positive, negative & cognitive sxs. A person with positive sxs loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative sxs: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of every day functions; losing motivation; inability to carry out plans & isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding ...Read more


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I suffer from loneliness that's kind of hard to describe. Is it rare for someone to be essentially born with schizophrenia. Am i just a freak?

I suffer from loneliness that's kind of hard to describe. Is it rare for someone to be essentially born with schizophrenia. Am i just a freak?

I doubt that you : Were born with schizophrenia. Loneliness is not the most common symptom of schizophrenia. If you have been lonely all your life, consider getting help. Meet with a psychologist to discuss what happens in social situations to make you feel like a freak. You can also meet with a psychiatrist to consider medications. ...Read more

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What is the schizophrenia ?

What is the schizophrenia ?

Schizophrenia sympto: Symptoms are disorganized thinking/speech such as loosing train of thought or words incoherent , auditory hallucinations, bizarre delusions or delusions of persecution, social withdrawal, poor hygiene, lack of motivation, poor judgement/attention/executive functions. ...Read more

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Could I have schizophrenia?

Don't know: Don't know since i don't know and don't know your symptoms or your history. However if the question is could anyone get schizophrenia, the answer is yes. Education, wealth, family support does not matter as far as whether one is stricken by schizophrenia, but those things can affect prognosis. ...Read more

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How common is schizophrenia?

How common is schizophrenia?

About 1%: Of general population, but may be higher or lower in certain groups. About 9% in siblings and 50% for monozygotic twins of people with schizophrenia. ...Read more

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How do you get schizophrenia?

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. ...Read more

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What can cause schizophrenia?

Simply...: A combination of genetic vulnerability and exposure to stress. ...Read more

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How do you get schizophrenia?

How do you get schizophrenia?

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. ...Read more

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How can one get schizophrenia?

Genetic: Either from heredity or from other causes which are largely unknown. We know that one has about a 50 % chance of having schizophrenia if both parents have it and about 10% if just one parent. Also, there are cases of schizophrenia in which no known family member has the condition. About 1% of the population has schizophrenia. ...Read more

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