Schizophrenia is a severe, chronic, and disabling mental disorder typified by deficits in perceptions, thought processes, and emotional responsiveness. It is a very severe form of mental illness which according to the World Health Organization, affects circa 7 per 1000 adults, mostly between ages 15 – 35 years. While the incidences of the disease are significantly low, currently at 3 per 10,000, no doubt the prevalence is quite high because of chronicity. Here are more statistics surrounding schizophrenia:
Schizophrenia Facts and Figures
- The condition affects approximately 24 million people throughout the world
- Over 1.5% of the 24 million persons with schizophrenia are in the US.
- Over 50% of people with the disease are not getting the right treatment and follow-up care
- Over 90% of people living with the disorder are in developing countries
- It is a treatable disorder whose treatment efficacy is quite high in its initial stages
- Care of people living with schizophrenia can effectively be provided at the community level with community involvement and active family participation.
- The disease starts at early childhood, with men starting slightly earlier than in women. In other words, while most men will develop the disease between the ages of 15 and 25 years, most women will develop the symptoms, such as hallucinations, a few years later. Even so, the incidences are significantly higher in women after 30 years of age than in men.
- The average onset age is 18 and 25 in men and women respectively.
- Onset of schizophrenia is rare for people below the age of 10 or those above the age of 40.