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what you need to know about schizophrenia
What is Schizophrenia?
- Schizophrenia is hopeless; people who have it never recover.
- Hallucinations (seeing, hearing or experiencing things that others do not) and paranoia are the only symptoms of schizophrenia.
- People with schizophrenia are dangerous.
- While there is no cure for schizophrenia, there are effective treatments. Medications, recovery-oriented psychosocial treatments and rehabilitation practices are increasingly helping people with schizophrenia to lead productive, successful and independent lives.
- Schizophrenia is brain-based disease, so in addition to hallucinations, it affects multiple brain functions, such as the ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions and relate to others.
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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.