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Q. Is it true that schizophrenia runs in family?

Answered by
Dr. Deep Dutta
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 14, 2016 and last reviewed on: Nov 02, 2020

Hi doctor,

My boyfriend's father has schizophrenia. What are the odds that my boyfriend or my future child would get the disorder? Is it risky to marry him? Please help. I am confused.

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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Schizophrenia is a complex psychiatric disorder and sometimes tend to run in families.

However, it does not imply it is a monogenic disorder, where the inheritance rate of disease is higher and more easily predictable.

Currently, there is no scientific evidence to support your doubt that whether marrying your boyfriend will increase the risk of schizophrenia in your to be child very significant. So, let us not get too worried.

For further information consult an internal medicine physician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/internal-medicine-physician


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