Research shows that a person with schizophrenia may have been affected by situations during the early stages of their life that make them more prone to developing schizophrenia as they grow older. When a young child has had several viral illnesses, this can also affect the way that the brain develops. This can leave the patient vulnerable to developing a mental illness associated with psychosis, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorders. Whether the child receives therapy for any behavioral issues during early development has not been shown to impact their chances of having schizophrenia.
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