In UK 300,000 people are being treated for Schizophrenia. In spite of this huge number of patients, schizophrenia is still much unknown and a lot of people confuse it with bipolar disorder or other mental illnesses.
This illness appears mostly between the ages of 15 and 35 years old. This condition affects equally men and women, but it appears slightly later in women than in men. However late onset can occur as late as 70 years old.
Life expectation of patients with schizophrenia is 10 years under the rest of the population’s. This is due to a high suicide rate: 20% of the suicides are associated to this disease. It has been shown that sufferers have a 1 in 10 chance of dying by their own hand within ten years of diagnosis.
At some time during their life, about 1 in 100 people will suffer an episode of schizophrenia. About 25% of people who suffer this, will go on to recover completely without any further problems in the future.
Schizophrenia in UK costs society around 11.8 billion pounds, this including full time psychiatric hospitalizations and health expenses.