Schizoaffective disorder - Causes
What causes schizoaffective disorder?
Psychiatrists do not know what causes schizoaffective disorder. But we do know that you will have a chemical imbalance in your brain if you have the condition. Research shows that genetic and environmental factors can increase your risk of developing the illness.
Schizoaffective disorder is slightly more common if other members of your family have schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder or bipolar disorder. This suggests that genetics may have a role to play in the development of schizoaffective disorder.
Environmental factors are things that happen in your life. It is thought that stress can contribute towards a schizoaffective episode. Stress can be cause by many different things such as bereavement or employment problems.
In particular it is thought that childhood trauma cause the condition to develop in later life. Research shows that bad treatment in your childhood can make psychosis more likely.
There is information on self help techniques later on in this factsheet. Self help can help you to manage your symptoms and stress.
You can find out more information on 'Does Mental Illness Run in Families?' here.
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