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What are the causes of schizophrenia or schitzoaffective disorder?

What are the causes of schizophrenia or schitzoaffective disorder?

Some causes: Genetics due play a role, but in a small percentage. Environmental factors may be involved, such as exposure to viruses or malnutrition before birth, problems during birth, and psychosocial factors. Another cause is an imbalance in the brain involving the neurotransmitters Dopamine and glutamate, and possibly others play a role in schizophrenia. More research is needed - still a lot of unknowns. ...Read more

Dr. Kevin Passer
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Schizophrenia (Definition)

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


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Do high fevers cause schizophrenia?

Do high fevers cause schizophrenia?

No: High fevers may cause a person to become confused or hallucinate, but that is not schizophrenia. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the causes of schizophrenia?

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. ...Read more

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What causes schizophrenia? Is there a cure for it?

Schizophrenia: Genetically based chronic psychiatric illness. Treatment provides symptom relief. ...Read more

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Is there evidence that dopamine is the cause of schizophrenia?

Hypothesis: I believe you're referring to a theory known as the dopamine hypothesis. Dopamine is a nerotransmitter which, according to the theory, is in excess. That means there's too much dopamine in the neuroreceptors, and this contributes to the symptoms of schizophrenia. ...Read more

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What exactly about schizophrenia causes people to be delusional?

What exactly about schizophrenia causes people to be delusional?

We're unsure: Psychosis is the main symptom for most with schizophrenia. Delusions are part of psychosis, as are hallucinations. Paranoid delusions are common. By definition, delusions are part of this disease. There is a theory that an excess of the neurotransmitter Dopamine plays an important role. ...Read more

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Which types of deficiencies in childhood can cause schizophrenia?

Which types of deficiencies in childhood can cause schizophrenia?

Not a cause: Deficiency of any kind is not known to be a cause of schizophrenia (a brain disorder). The precise cause of schizophrenia is unknown. Some researchers suspect that environmental factors may increase the risk of triggering schizophrenia. Viruses, toxins or malnutrition while in the womb, stressful life circumstances, and taking psychoactive drugs during adolescence are also being studied, e.g. ...Read more

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Help plz! Can schizophrenia medication cause a man to become sterile?

Help plz! Can schizophrenia medication cause a man to become sterile?

Yes.: Antipsychotics causes Dopamine blockade increasing levels of Prolactin which causes unovulation and irregular menstrual cycles due to decrease levels of Follicle stimulating hormones and Estrogen. It also causes decrease libido, galactorrhea and osteoporosis.
For man, the there is decrease in testosterone and galactorrhea and decrease libido. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could schizophrenia medication cause a man to become sterile?

Please tell me, could schizophrenia medication cause a man to become sterile?

Don't count on it: Please continue to use contraception and practice safe sex. If you believe you are having infertility problems, you should seek medical help to evaluate the cause of infertility. Many men who take schizophrenia medication are able to father children. Sterility is not a common side effect of medications. ...Read more

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Can malaria cause someone present with sxs similar to schizophrenia for years?

Can malaria cause someone present with sxs similar to schizophrenia for years?

Not likely: The two diseases are incredibly dissimilar. When malaria does produce alterations in thought patterns it is due to delerium from markedly elevated fevers, to profound anemia with cerebral hypoxia, to cerebral malaria (p. Falciparum), or to associated mosquito borne infections with other organisms, all of which are acute illnesses, often resulting in death. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what is the evidence that says dopamine is the cause of schizophrenia?

Could you tell me what is the evidence that says dopamine is the cause of schizophrenia?

It's not: The Dopamine hypothesis was obviously not the full story even in the 1970's. Schizophrenia is a neurodegenerative disease, with particular nerve cells lost that are required for logical thinking and keeping dreams out of waking life. ...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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What are the causes of schizophrenia?

What are the causes of 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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Does schizophrenia cause early death?

Does schizophrenia cause early death?

Probably: Schizophrenia is one of the most serious public health problems in the world, affecting just under 1% of the world's population. Essential features are deterioration in function (hallucinations, delusions, poor judgement). The medications can present significant side effects. And because of poor judgement patients may disregard medical problems, increase in suicide risk and violent behavior. ...Read more

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What sort of disorders can schizophrenia cause?

Wrong question: The broad category you're probably asking about is psychosis--impaired reality testing, including hallucinations and delusions. There are many causes from tumors to poisons to various mental disorders such as depression and mania. Schizophrenia is in some ways "pure" psychosis, with no other explanation for the symptoms. ...Read more

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What causes the visual abnormalities in schizophrenia if any?

Not sure: The visual abnormalities to what you are refering are likely called visual hallucinations and are part of the psychotic processes. There is a theory that psychosis is caused by an excess of a neurotransmitter called Dopamine in the limbic system in the brain. ...Read more

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What are the medical causes of a disorder like schizophrenia?

Unknown: There are many studies that are highly suggestive that this disease is caused by an abnormal metabolism or use of Dopamine and related transmitters in the brain and studies with pet scan show increase and abnormal use in the frontal part of the brain this is the area that can control mood and behaviours. ...Read more

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Could environmental factors increased chance of schizophrenia?

Environment: Environmental factors can increase one’s chance of getting almost any type of psychological disorders if there is genetic or other physical predisposition. It is widely believed that for most psychological disorders emerge in this way (e.g., someone being exposed to undue stress--deployed to war zones returning with PTSD, schizophrenia due to genetic predisposition and stress ...Read more

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Can you please list the common causes of having schizophrenia?

Can you please list the common causes of having schizophrenia?

Some causes: Genetics due play a role, but in a small percentage. Environmental factors may be involved, such as exposure to viruses or malnutrition before birth, problems during birth, and psychosocial factors. Another cause is an imbalance in the brain involving the neurotransmitters Dopamine and glutamate, and possibly others, play a role in schizophrenia. More research is needed - still a lot of unknowns. ...Read more

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I have schizophrenia. How can a chemical imbalance cause my symptoms?

I have schizophrenia. How can a chemical imbalance cause my symptoms?

Brain issues: Schizophrenia and all mental disorders to some extent are represented by alterations in brain structures or functions (neurochemistry/neurotransmitters/chemical imbalances). The brain is like a computer's operating system. If a problem develops in the operating system the computer won't function entirely properly. This is also how the brain's functioning affects a person's experience & behavior. ...Read more

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If a person takes medication to treat schizophrenia, but didn't have schizophrenia would the medication cause symptoms of schizophrenia?

Psychiatric meds: Are designed to reduce the symptoms not make them occur. They should only be taken as prescribed by the psychiatrist. If you have a bad reaction to any medication call the prescribing physician. No psychiatrist gives medications without being sure of their diagnosis. If symptoms increase you may need a different dosage to counteract the disorder. Call the psychiatrist and meet with them. ...Read more

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Does smoking weed cause schizophrenia?

Does smoking weed cause schizophrenia?

Marijuana: Can cause psychotic symptoms that are indistinguishable from schizophrenia. ...Read more

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Could puberty cause schizophrenia like symptoms?

Could puberty cause schizophrenia like symptoms?

Maybe: Schizophrenia usually doesn't show up until the teens or twenties. So it could manifest during puberty. If you are concerned then talk to a professional and possibly have an evaluation done. ...Read more

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Could quatiapine cause people with schizophrenia to get tired?

Could quatiapine cause people with schizophrenia to get tired?

Yes: Sedation is a common side effect of quetiapine therapy. If not resolving after the first several days it's likely to persist. ...Read more

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Is there schizophrenia medication that doesn't cause constipation?

Is there schizophrenia medication that doesn't cause constipation?

Yes: In general this can be a side effect but only for a minority of people. Discuss with your psychiatrist or doctor. ...Read more

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Is schizophrenia the cause that I dony have dreams or I just cant remember it (but I do have daydreams)?

Is schizophrenia the cause that I dony have dreams or I just cant remember it (but I do have daydreams)?

It is possible that: A medication you are taking is blocking REM sleep/dreaming. Talk with the doc who prescribed your meds. It's more likely that you don't remember your dreams. Lots of people do not. If you tell yourself to remember your dreams before you sleep you may begin to remember. You need to write them down at once when you wake or you will forget them again. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Has it been determined that repeated stress and inability to find jobs cause one to develop schizophrenia?

No: Another reality is that if someone is developing schizophrenia, one is likely to feel stressed, and may have trouble finding or keeping jobs. ...Read more