1. Over 21 million people have schizophrenia (WHO).
    • More prevalent in men (12 million) v. women (9 million).
  2. 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).
  3. One of the top 15 causes of disability (NIMH).


United States

  1. 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
  2. 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.


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