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Whilst it is difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of this illness, there is strong evidence of structural changes in a sufferer's brain, which suggests that it is not a learned behaviour or caused by purely psychological factors. This is supported by the fact that the number of people suffering from schizophrenia throughout the world (around 1 in 100), is remarkably consistent across all countries.
There does appear to be a genetic link to schizophrenia. If a person has a parent or sibling with this illness, the risk of them also developing schizophrenia increases to around 10%.