Causes of Schizophrenia
The causes of schizophrenia are unknown. Multiple factors may play a role such as genetics and brain chemistry.
Risk Factors for Schizophrenia
Risk factors for schizophrenia include:
Complications of Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia can have a devastating impact on patients and their families. Patients with schizophrenia have increased risk for self-destructive behaviors and suicide. The antipsychotic drugs used to treat schizophrenia can have severe side effects, including increasing the risk of obesity and diabetes.
Schizophrenia is a chronic condition, which is usually treated with antipsychotic medication. There are two main classes of these drugs:
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