Some quick facts about schizophrenia:
- Schizophrenia can be found in approximately 1.1% of the world’s population, regardless of racial, ethnic or economic background.
- Approximately 3.5 million people in the United States are diagnosed with schizophrenia and it is one of the leading causes of disability.
- Three-quarters of persons with schizophrenia develop the illness between 16 and 25 years of age.
- The disorder is at least partially genetic.
- To be diagnosed as having schizophrenia, one must have associated symptoms for at least six months.
- Studies have indicated that 25% of those having schizophrenia recover completely, 50% are improved over a 10-year period, and 25% 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.
- 50% 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.
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.