Causes of schizophrenia

The cause of schizophrenia is unknown, but it is usually a combination of the following factors:

  • Genetics – Schizophrenia tends to run in families but there isn’t a single gene responsible
  • Stressful life events – For example money problems, bereavement, abuse or becoming homeless
  • Drugs – Some people develop schizophrenia after using cannabis or other recreational drugs
  • Brain chemistry – It’s thought that for people with schizophrenia their levels of natural chemicals dopamine and serotonin have changed or become imbalanced
  • Brain development – Some studies have shown that injury or differences to the brain could be linked to schizophrenia. It’s possible that birth complications could also be linked

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