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My husband and I are trying to get pregnant. His brother has schizophrenia, as well as a great uncle. I worry he could pass on the genes to our baby. Is there anything we can do to make sure our son or daughter is healthy? Can you prevent schizophrenia?
Prevention of schizophrenia for individuals who have yet to develop even the early symptoms of the disorder focuses on decreasing many of the environmental insults that increase the likelihood of developing the disorder. Therefore, improving prenatal care, ameliorating poverty, bullying, child abuse and neglect, as well as protecting people from family and community violence are important aspects of preventing schizophrenia. For people who show early signs of schizophrenia, some clinical trial research is exploring the potential use of medications to prevent full-blown schizophrenia.
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