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What causes Schizophrenia?

What causes Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is not caused by evil spirits or witchcraft.
Schizophrenia is not caused by a "curse or an evil eye."
Schizophrenia is not Gods punishment for family sins.
Schizophrenia is not caused by a lack of faith in God.
Schizophrenia is not a form of demonic possession.
Schizophrenia is not a result of frustrated love.
Schizophrenia is not caused by reading too many books.

No one really knows what exactly causes Schizophrenia. Research shows relatives of people with schizophrenia have a greater risk of developing the illness than others. This risk is progressively greater in relatives who are more genetically similar to the person with schizophrenia.

There are also various "triggers" which causes Schizophrenia.

  • Complications during the mothers pregnancy or labour;
  • Prenatal exposure to virus, specifically during the fifth month of the mothers pregnancy, when most brain development occurs;
  • It is thought that complications during pregnancy and delivery increase the risk, probably because of damage to the developing brain;
  • Studies have shown that a pregnant woman contracting a viral illness may have a child with a greater risk of developing schizophrenia. (However, maternal viral infections probably account for only a small fraction of the increased risk of schizophrenia.) Additional environmental factors that can complicate illness include stress, particularly the stress of adolescence.