Schizophrenia: The Broken Mind

Schizophrenia: The Broken Mind

1/125 people worldwide have schizophrenia.

  • 1/3 of schizophrenics recover
  • 1/3 have a fluctuating course
  • 1/3 never recover

Age of onset is variable depending on gender.

  • Peak onset for Males is between 21-25
  • Peak onset for Females is between 25-30

Myth: schizophrenia is terminal and gets progressively worse.

  • %22 have one episode and no future impairment
  • %35 have several episodes no or minimal impairment
  • %8 impairment after first episode and no return to normality
  • %35 have progressively worsening impairment and no return to normality

This leads to about %50 of people with schizophrenia that end up relatively independent or completely cured. About %10 die (mostly from suicide). And about %35 who are institutionalized or require extensive networks.

Types of schizophrenia:

  1. Paranoid: delusions, auditory hallucinations (%40 of all schizophrenics)
  2. Disorganized: disorganized speech and behavior. Find it hard to do everyday tasks.
  3. Catatonic: Disturbed movement. Completely still or all over the place.
  4. Undifferentiated: A mixture of several types of schizophrenia.
  5. Residual: Has history of episodes, no current positive symptoms.

The cost of schizophrenia was estimated to be $62.7billion for the United States in 2002. That's $22,279 per person with schizophrenia that year.

Schizophrenia lowers life expectancy by 10-15 years due to:

  • Obesity
  • Prevalence of smoking
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Suicide

Schizophrenia has been described as "the most alienating disease in the world." And for every city of 3,000,000, 21,000 people suffer from schizophrenia. Reach out, support research, and remember, we aren't talking about schizophrenics; we're talking about people with schizophrenia.