Saturday, November 01, 2014
Introducing Mood 24/7, a new tool that helps you track your mood from day to day using your mobile phone. Try it today!

Friday, March 27, 2009 Imelda, Community Member, asks

Q: can head injury lead to schizophrenia?

My son had a head injury while drinking with friends, because he was so drunk, he felt out of a friend's truck...I didn't even know until recently he told me...this happended like 7 years ago and he was fine after his injury, he didn't even go to the Hospital or nothing...he just remembered having a lot of pain...3 years ago he was diagnosed with schizophrenia...could it be part of his head injury? Is a CT Scan recommended after all this years?

Answer This
Answers (1)
Jerry Kennard, Health Guide
4/ 3/09 5:27am

Hi Imelda,


A traumatic brain injury may increases the likelihood of developing a schizophrenia-type psychosis, but the evidence is neither strong nor consistent. However, your description goes nowhere near that of classic brain trauma. A delay of seven years may be a theoretical possibility in terms of risk factors, but I suspect it wouldn't come particularly high on the list. Of more interest would be family history, & perhaps lifestyle issues such as drugs and alcohol.


As to a CT scan - well I think that's something you would need to discuss with a medical professional.


Basic information about schizophrenia such as risk factors can be found on this site. Here's a link on understanding schizophrenia to get you started.

Answer This

We hope you find this general health information helpful. Please note however, that this Q&A is meant to support not replace the professional medical advice you receive from your doctor. No information in the Answers above is intended to diagnose or treat any condition. The views expressed in the Answers above belong to the individuals who posted them and do not necessarily reflect the views of Remedy Health Media. Remedy Health Media does not review or edit content posted by our community members, but reserves the right to remove any material it deems inappropriate.

By Imelda, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/26/10, First Published: 03/27/09