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what you need to know about schizophrenia

What is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a severe brain disorder in which people interpret reality abnormally. Schizophrenia may result in some combination of hallucinations, delusions, and extremely disordered thinking and behavior. No one is 100% what causes this disorder but they think that it is a combination of genetics and environment contributes to development of the disorder.

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  • 1.2% of Americans (3.2 million) have the disorder. About 1.5 million people will be diagnosed with schizophrenia this year around the world

  • Schizophrenia is the most severe of the mental illnesses and can affect all spheres of life, including perception, thought, judgement, mood, drive and ultimately, personality.
  • Approximately fifteen people in every thousand will be affected over their lifetime.

  • Schizophrenia is ten times more common than AIDS, cot death and melanoma combined.

  • The majority of people will develop schizophrenia between the ages of 15 and 30 - during their most formative years. However, this average does not exclude younger or older people from developing schizophrenia.
  • Approximately 5 -10% of people diagnosed with schizophrenia will end their own lives. This is roughly 12 times the national average and means that approximately 18,000 Australians alive today will suicide as a result of schizophrenia.

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If you or someone you know is struggling with schizophrenia or any mental illness call this hotline.