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My grandmother has schizophrenia and has been in a care place for 20+ years because of it and I think I've started to display some of the symptoms of schizophrenia and I don't know if I'm just being paranoid or if I should go see my doctor
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" It is believed that schizophrenia is much like diabetes, which is caused by a number of genetic and environmental factors. ... The more of these gene variations that a person has, the greater the risk of developing schizophrenia. "
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There probably is a genetic element, but it has been overstated. If you see mental illness in your family, then you probably feel like you'll end up like that and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

What symptoms do you think you're displaying? You are probably just stressing out and making yourself ill. Go to your doctor if you are worried.
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(Original post by Anonymous)
My grandmother has schizophrenia and has been in a care place for 20+ years because of it and I think I've started to display some of the symptoms of schizophrenia and I don't know if I'm just being paranoid or if I should go see my doctor
Genes don't cause a disease, it just increases the risk of it appearing.

As said by others, there also environmental factors.
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(Original post by stoyfan)
Genes don't cause a disease, it just increases the risk of it appearing.

As said by others, there also environmental factors.
I'd say environmental factors are way more important. All of the mentally ill people I know have/had members with the same illness. My friend grew up with two alcoholic parents and he was told to be wary of drink from a very young age. That made him fearful of drink and life in general. Self-fulfilling prophecy, he became an alcoholic.Sorry, rant over.

I have a feeling the OP is making him/herself feel ill by worrying about this. I think a lot of the symptoms of schizophrenia are present in anxiety and depression.
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If it's worrying you then it's always best to see your gp.
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