Schizophrenia


Schizophrenia is a devastating mental illness that touches the lives of 1 in 100; that’s more than 40,000 British Columbians, and about 290,000 people in Canada.

SOME BASIC FACTS:

  • Schizophrenia is a disease that strikes young people in their prime.
  • The disease affects the brain and confuses the senses, making it very difficult for the individual to tell what is real from what is not real.
  • Usual age when people start being sick with it is between 16 and 25.
  • Treatment works!
  • Early diagnosis and modern treatment can make a big difference to how well a person with the illness does over time.
  • Schizophrenia is a medical illness. Period.

SCHIZOPHRENIA IS NOT RARE: NO ONE IS IMMUNE

  • Schizophrenia is found all over the world — in all races, in all cultures and in all social classes
  • It affects 1 in 100 people worldwide. That’s about 40,000 of our B.C. neighbours — or 290,000 fellow Canadians

MEN AND WOMEN ARE EQUALLY LIKELY TO HAVE SCHIZOPHRENIA

  • For men, the age of first illness with schizophrenia is often ages 16 to 20
  • For women, the age of first illness is sometimes later — ages 20 to 30

WE ARE ALL AFFECTED

  • More hospital beds in Canada (8%) are filled by people with schizophrenia than by sufferers of any other medical condition
  • The cost to Canadian society due to hospitalization, disability payments, welfare payments, and lost wages is billions of dollars annually
  • Other costs — such as loss of individual potential, personal suffering, and family difficulties — are impossible to measure.

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