- Over 21 million people have schizophrenia (WHO).
- More prevalent in men (12 million) v. women (9 million).
- According to the World Health Organization (WHO), people with schizophrenia are 2-3 times more likely to die early than the general population (causes include cardiovascular disease, metabolic and infectious diseases).
- One of the top 15 causes of disability (NIMH).
- Recovery — 10 Year Prognosis (WebMD)
- 50% are recovered or able to live and work independently.
- 25% are better but need a strong support system to do well.
- 15% are not better — many require hospitalization
- 10% commit suicide
- Schizophrenia is estimated to cost the United States between $100 million and $100 billion a year. Most of this amount is due to indirect costs, which include loss of productivity and costs incurred by caregivers.