I am doing a research paper in my Psychology class right now about Schizophrenia. I had never thought about it before but, could guilt be a cause of schizophrenia? One of the examples I am using in my paper is the movie "Shutter Island." For those of you who have seen it, the main character (Leonardo DiCaprio) feels so guilty for what he did that he goes insane. But would this just be insanity, or did schizophrenia actually develop from his guilt? Generally, when someone does something wrong and they feel guilty, it is often depicted as them feeling so terrible that they imagine things. We would consider that "going crazy." But once they release the guilt that they are feeling, these things they are imagining go away. Could that be a minor form of schizophrenia or is it just side effects from having so much guilt? Sometimes people are born with a pre-disposition to schizophrenia, but their schizophrenia doesn't actually "come out" until something activates it. Does one HAVE to be born with a pre-disposition to schizophrenia or can schizophrenia develop purely from guilt? These are all questions I just thought of and am now wondering about. I know there is no known single cause for schizophrenia, but I'm just wondering how big of a role guilt may play.