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Wednesday, April 07, 2010 concerned mom, Community Member, asks

Q: can schizophrenia be passed down from other family members such as being heretity?

i have a 12yr old son in a inpatient treatment placement right now he has just being diganosed with bipolar & schizophrenia. his biological father has been diganosed with being schizphrenia paranoid type. i feel this was passed from father to child but i,m not 100 percent sure can someone help me with this

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Christina Bruni, Health Guide
4/ 7/10 9:09am

Hello concerned mom,


There is a genetic risk for schizophrenia that can be passed from parent to child or from one family member to another.  Schizophrenia runs in my family on my maternal grandmother's side of the family.  So I know of at least two relatives who have schizophrenia in addition to me.


This is entirely possible.  It is also possible that should your son want to have a child, his kid will develop a mental illness. 




David Robbins, Community Member
4/ 7/10 7:11am

While the exact nature of what causes sz is not known. Genetics in my own personal belief is part of what caused mine. I also attribute the physical abuse and street drugs as a reason.


My pdoc told me that my illness was much like the space shuttle that blew up. There was a problem before it exploded.


My first "psychotic break" was when I was 17. Having sz at such a young age, I still overcame alot in my journey through life.



rk, Community Member
3/24/11 6:55pm

well my mother got Schizophrenia because her brothers have it and her mother but then again her mother locked her in a room and beat her up and my moms father wasnt nice either all 4  of my moms brother have Schizophrenia

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By concerned mom, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/26/11, First Published: 04/07/10