Understanding What Causes Schizophrenia: A Developmental Perspective — Am J Psychiatry

UNC Psychiatrist John Gilmore spoke at the January 13 meeting of the MH/DD/SAS Legislative Oversight Committee, giving a psychiatrist’s view of proposed CABHA service delivery.

Understanding what causes schizophrenia is becoming harder and harder. We know that schizophrenia has genetic causes, since the most significant risk factor is having a first-degree relative with schizophrenia. However, most people with schizophrenia do not have an affected relative, and while the overall genetic contribution to schizophrenia may be large, the contribution of specific genes is very small.

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