Schizophrenia is a paradoxical condition. In excess of two million people in the United States are diagnosed with schizophrenia and it is a leading cause of disability. The condition defies simple descriptions.
Some quick facts about schizophrenia:
- It is estimated that more than 2.1 million Americans now have schizophrenia. There are more Americans with schizophrenia than there are residents of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming combined.
- Schizophrenia can be found in approximately 1% of the world’s population, regardless of racial, ethnic or even economic background.
- Three-quarters of persons with schizophrenia develop the illness between 16 and 25 years of age.
- The disorder tends to “run” in families, but only among blood relatives.
- To be diagnosed as having schizophrenia, one must have associated symptoms for at least six months.
- Studies have indicated that 25 percent of those having schizophrenia recover completely, 50 percent are improved over a 10-year period, and 25 percent do not improve over time.
- Treatment and other economic costs due to schizophrenia are enormous, estimated between $32.5 and $65 billion annually.
- Between one-third and one-half of all homeless adults have schizophrenia
- Fifty percent of people diagnosed with schizophrenia have received no treatment
To learn more, We invite you to view a presentation by Linda Whitten Stalters, APRN, BC, FAPA, SARDAA Board of Directors.
Families and the support they offer are also crucial as part of the support provided to those with the disorders. SARDAA Board Member Don Moore was interviewed on April 13, 2008 on the Julie Fast radio show on KTRO AM 910 in Portland, Oregon on the role families play in supporting their loved ones.
Tyrone Waters, diagnosed with schizophrenia, also appeared on the Julie Fast show on March 31, 2008 detailing his remarkable recovery and reintegration into the community.
What can be said with certainty is that those who are affected with schizophrenia and psychotic disorders face challenges that are formidable. It is also important to understand the highly variable nature of diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. There are numerous treatments, many effective, but just like many physical illness, no single magic procedure to restore health. Our Member Stories page highlights stories of how many people find their path to recovery by utilizing the assistance provided by Schizophrenics Anonymous.