eHealthPedia >

Schizophrenia Causes and Risk Factors

MEDICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA 
Schizophrenia Causes and Risk Factors
Schizophrenia
Causes and Risk Factors
Symptoms
Diagnosis
Treatment

Causes of schizophrenia
Researchers have not been able to pinpoint any definite cause of schizophrenia yet. However, experts do not believe that drug abuse causes schizophrenia, although schizophrenics use drugs more in comparison to the entire population.  And, an abnormal balance of the neurotransmitters dopamine and glutamate may have something to do with schizophrenia.   Problems during birth or during development while in the womb may be a contributing cause of schizophrenia. Scientists have speculated that malnutrition while the baby is in the womb may be one contributing cause. Also possible is exposure to viruses while the baby is developing in the womb.

Risk factors
Doctors believe that a person's genetic make-up plays some role in developing schizophrenia. It's also worthwhile to note that 10% of all schizophrenics have an immediate family member (a parent or sibling) who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia as well.   However, environmental factors are also thought to trigger the onset of the mental illness. Environment risk factors include the development of virus while in the womb, other problems during birth, or a stressful environment.  Finally, many of the first signs of schizophrenia start to manifest between the ages 15-25.

Because schizophrenia is a widely misunderstood disease, some symptoms may be mistaken.  To learn how to identify symptoms of schizophrenia, read the next section on symptoms schizophrenia now.

<< 1 2 3 4 5 >>
Tags: Drug Abuse, symptoms, dopamine, baby in the womb, balance problems, baby developing, Mental Health, baby doctors, baby illness, abuse mental, baby parent, all experts, baby birth, baby learn, baby start, baby womb, baby make, baby read, baby com, baby and development
Related Topics
Are Panic Attacks Schizophrenia?
nodules  3032 views
Anxiety or Schizophrenia?
DoctorQuestion  3963 views
Where Was I Healed of Schizophrenia
daydream believer  2673 views
OCD or schizophrenia symptoms ?
misshalloween  4571 views
Possible schizophrenia ?
Anonymous  2296 views
Anxiety becoming schizophrenia ?
worrygirl85  7423 views
schizophrenia
kylol  1943 views
Psychosis schizophrenia agoraphobia ?
estanbrook  4295 views
Bipolar Disorder / Schizophrenia?
queeniepoo  3752 views
Voices in my head and Schizophrenia
DoctorQuestion  8122 views
character with dementia or schizophrenia ?
EnglishWriter  5133 views
Meeting someone with schizophrenia
cramcj01  3275 views
Schizophrenia :[ i think im talking
Sleep4deroberto  3579 views
Ask a Doctor