Frequency of Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders occur every community regardless of ethnicity, class, religion, race or socioeconomics.
Rates of schizophrenia are generally similar worldwide – about .5% to 1.0% of the population.
In the United States, that comes out to 7.2 people per 1,000, which means that a city with a population of 3 million will have over 21,000 individuals suffering from schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders at any given time.
This year alone, about 1.5 million people worldwide will be diagnosed with schizophrenia. That number does not take into account the hundreds of families and friends of the person whom the disease directly impacts as well.
Economic Burden of Schizophrenia
In the United States, the economic burden of schizophrenia, including medication, outpatient and inpatient treatment, long-term medical care, government assisted disability, and other indirect costs, etc., exceeded 40 billion dollars in 2002.
Early diagnosis and intervention lead to better medical outcomes for the individual and family. The earlier someone with schizophrenia is diagnosed and stabilized with appropriate treatment, the better the long-term prognosis and chance of recovery for their illness.
If you or someone you care about may be one of those 7.2 people per 1,000, take a minute to reach out. Contact us and someone will get back to you to talk about your situation and give you options for moving forward with hope.