Viral origin of schizophrenia: Human endogenous retroviruses infection hypothesis

People diagnosed with schizophrenia suffer from symptoms that render them unable to function mentally and socially. These include visual or auditory hallucinations, delusions, and disorganised thinking and speech. Without a doubt, this mental disorder is disabling.

Despite the prevalence of schizophrenia its causes have been the subject of much debate. Several studies suggest that a combination of genetic and environmental factors play a role in its development but these ideas remain hypothetical in nature. However, an emerging and controversial hypothesis suggests a viral origin. Accordingly, schizophrenia might be a product of ancient viral infections.

 

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