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Thursday, June 11, 2009 Sammi, Community Member, asks

Q: Can schizophrenia be passed down

My Ex partner is tellin me that he's been to see a doctor an has been told he's got schizophrenia an that it was passed down from his father, he saud the doctor told that if he was to have children then it would be passed onto them, we have a 16 week old baby together should i be concerned or is he lying.

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absent minded, Community Member
6/11/09 10:39pm

There is a much greater chance that your child will NOT develop schizophrenia, even if your partner has been diagnosed with it.  Everyone has a 1% chance of developing schizophrenia at some point, and the likelihood does increase a little if a parent has it.  It is certainly nothing to worry about at this point.  Your child is lucky that he or she has two parents who are concerned and who will be looking out for their healthcare needs.

 

Carolyn

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By Sammi, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/26/11, First Published: 06/11/09