SPOTLIGHT ON: SCHIZOPHRENIA

 

Recommended Viewing: Living with Schizophrenia - an insightful documentary on understanding and managing this mental health condition

THE STATISTICS ARE SHOCKING: PEOPLE WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA DIE ALMOST TWENTY YEARS EARLIER THAN AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY, OFTEN BECAUSE OF TREATABLE ILLNESSES BEING MISSED BY THOSE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR CARE.

 


ONLY 30% OF PEOPLE DIAGNOSED WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA HAVE ONE EPISODE AND RETURN TO LIFE AS USUAL.


THIS MEANS 70% OF PEOPLE DIAGNOSED WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA GO ON TO DEVELOP A CHRONIC FORM OF THIS CONDITION. THAT IS MORE THAN 150,000 PEOPLE IN ENGLAND AND WALES.


FOR MOST PEOPLE WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA, IT IS A LIFE-DEBILITATING CONDITION. IT CAN MAKE THOSE WHO HAVE IT VULNERABLE TO ABUSE, NEGLECT AND EXCLUSION.


DISORDERED THOUGHTS ARE A SYMPTOM OF SCHIZOPHRENIA, WHICH CAN MAKE IT HARDER FOR A PERSON TO THINK CLEARLY AND COMMUNICATE THEIR OPINIONS AND NEEDS IN CARE AND TREATMENT.