What Causes Schizophrenia?
The exact cause of schizophrenia remains unknown, but a combination of genetics, brain chemistry, and environmental factors can influence its development.
Potential Contributing Factors
Genetics: While not conclusive, there's a higher likelihood of developing schizophrenia if a close family member has the disorder.
Brain Structure and Chemistry: Differences in brain structure or abnormal neurotransmitter activity might contribute.
Environmental Factors: These include exposure to viruses or malnutrition before birth, particularly in the first and second trimesters, and psychosocial factors.
Drug Use: Some studies suggest that taking mind-altering drugs during the teen years and young adulthood can increase the risk.