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Schizophrenia & Its Main Causes, How Chances Increase If It’s Genetic

Update Date: May 25, 2017 09:00 AM EDT

Schizophrenia is a chronic mental disorder but the proper reason of its cause is still unknown to researchers and psychoanalysts. It is not as common as other mental disorders and if left untreated, can be fatal to anyone - irrespective of gender and age.

Common Symptoms Of Schizophrenia

People suffering from Schizophrenia are mainly observed to have abnormal social behavior and failing to judge or understand what is real. According to experts, there are many symptoms of this mental disorder, but the common ones are being confused or unclear thinking, unreal beliefs, reduced social engagement, hearing voices that are not heard by other people, lack of motivation etc.

Here are some important facts on Schizophrenia to spread awareness about this mental disorder. This is also to help readers receive assistance in tackling the disease in a better way.

According to NDTV’s Smart Cooky, the symptoms of Schizophrenia may be positive, as well as negative and both are not good for anyone. While positive symptoms may include delusions, hallucinations, unreasonable or paranoid behavior or activities, etc. lack of pleasure, minimized social engagement and lack of expression, facing difficulty in recognizing known persons are considered the negative symptoms.

Since Schizophrenia has several symptoms, everyone will not be having similar signs. Hence, it is always advisable to consult psychiatrists in case you find any of these or uncommon symptoms or behavior in your friends and family members.

Chances Are High If Schizophrenia Is Genetic

Scientists are still working on the exact causes of Schizophrenia. However, Zee News has mentioned some important factors that may be the cause of the onset of Schizophrenia.

Genetics or heredity is one of those causes. A person with a family history of this disease (transient psychosis) has a chance 20-40 percent of being diagnosed.

On the other hand, environment factors such as drug use (may lead to chemical imbalance in the brain), prenatal stressors, mental trauma, viral infections, immune disorders etc. can also lead to Schizophrenia. In some people, scientists have discovered that the development of Schizophrenia was related to intestinal tract dysfunction.

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