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Is schizophrenia a contagious disorder?

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Posted on Wed, 20 May 2015
Question: whats the chances of getting psezophrenia in women after marriage,after delivery. Is it heriditatory.Can women having this illness get pregnant and will the delivered baby get the same illness later on in life.
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Answered by Dr. Shubham Mehta (47 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
schizophrenia is hereditary.

Detailed Answer:
Hello
Welcome to HCM.
I can understand your concerns.

Schizophrenia is not a contagious disorder. I mean to say that marriage does not increase the risk of schizophrenia in women. Neither does delivery.

But yes, schizophrenia is hereditary.

Woman having schizophrenia can get pregnant just like any other woman.

There is 13% risk of child getting schizophrenia when one parent has schizophrenia.
This means that 13 out of every 100 children born to a schizophrenic parent can develop schizophrenia sometime in their life.

Hope this answers your query satisfactorily.

Feel free to ask further.
Thanks.
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Is schizophrenia a contagious disorder?

Brief Answer: schizophrenia is hereditary. Detailed Answer: Hello Welcome to HCM. I can understand your concerns. Schizophrenia is not a contagious disorder. I mean to say that marriage does not increase the risk of schizophrenia in women. Neither does delivery. But yes, schizophrenia is hereditary. Woman having schizophrenia can get pregnant just like any other woman. There is 13% risk of child getting schizophrenia when one parent has schizophrenia. This means that 13 out of every 100 children born to a schizophrenic parent can develop schizophrenia sometime in their life. Hope this answers your query satisfactorily. Feel free to ask further. Thanks.