Extended exposure campaigns and heightened scientific awareness have contributed greatly to putting schizophrenia in the medical spotlight. It was only a couple centuries ago when schizophrenics would be locked into rooms and left alone for fear of being tainted by a possessed demon and we now find ourselves in a position to seriously treat this horrific brain disorder as well as pursue potential cures and causes. It’s a good time for scientists in studying schizophrenia, but does the general public really know anything about the disorder?
Even if you’re acquainted, chances are you don’t know these upcoming facts about schizophrenia. Buckle your seatbelt and prepare to be blown away by some tidbits of information that will leave you with knowledge you otherwise wouldn’t have, and really, who can complain about that?
1) Different nations with different standards of living report the same percentage of schizophrenic sufferers.
Here’s something to get you thinking about the state of things. Regardless of nations having different lifestyles, standards of living, and healthcare, each nation tends to report between .5% and 1% of their population having a type of schizophrenia.
2) With prevalence in mind, how does schizophrenia compare to other conditions?
1% doesn’t sound like much, but let’s take the United States of America into consideration when you think about that figure. This estimated rate of prevalence would indicate that 3,139,000 of American citizens suffer from schizophrenia. That is a huge number compared to 350,000 citizens with insulin-dependent diabetes and 35,000 citizens with muscular dystrophy in the USA alone.
3) Schizophrenics make up the largest portion of homeless people than any other cause.
There are an estimated 600,000 homeless citizens in the United States today although this number is difficult to accurately predict. Of these homeless people, over 180,000 of them are diagnosed schizophrenics, making up a third or more of the total homeless population.
4) Schizophrenia, contrary to popular belief, does not include violence as a symptom.
Several media outlets over the previous years have exacerbated a general opinion about individuals suffering from schizophrenia. The common theme is that sufferers are dangerous and will hurt you. This isn’t quite true, as those with schizophrenia will actually tend to be withdrawn and socially distant, opting instead to harm themselves rather than another individual. There will be schizophrenics who harm others just like how perfectly healthy people can harm others, there is no correlated increase in risk.