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Approximately two hundred thousand people are developing schizophrenia every year. Schizophrenia is not curable. However, a therapist can treat it with counseling, medications, and other care services. Schizophrenia can include a variety of symptoms. Common symptoms include withdrawal from day-to-day life and unreal perceptions. The condition involves the breaking down of a person's thoughts, their emotions, and their behavior. Patients with schizophrenia can have a difficult time attending school and maintaining a profession.

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1. Genetics

Schizophrenia can be hereditary. Generally, a therapist will discuss family history and hereditary medical conditions when they suspect that a patient could be showing symptoms of schizophrenia. We have yet to discover if a particular gene can contribute to an increased likelihood of developing schizophrenia. However, research does show that genetics may play a role in who is more likely to develop schizophrenia or other similar mental illnesses that produce hallucinations or cause the sufferer to separate from reality. Just because a family member has schizophrenia, it is never certain that anyone else within the gene pool will suffer from it, as well.

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