Schizophrenia Awareness Week is a worldwide observance dedicated to eliminate common myths and misconceptions, as well as to share crucial facts about schizophrenia publicly. Schizophrenia is a condition that affects an estimated one percent of the world’s population; international statistics.
Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe and disabling brain disorder, that typically begins in early adulthood; between the ages of 15 and 25. Men have a tendency to develop schizophrenia slightly earlier than women. Whereas most males experience symptoms between 16 and 25 years old, most females develop symptoms several years later, and the incidence in women is noticeably higher after the age of 30. The average estimated age of onset is 18 in men, and 25 in women. Schizophrenia onset is a highly rare occurrence for people under 10 years of age, or over 40 years of age. Although the course and features of the condition vary among individuals, schizophrenia is a psychotic illness, meaning that there is a degree of loss of contact with reality.
Its symptoms can include hearing and seeing things that are not experienced by other people, disordered thinking, complete loss or sharp decline in the ability to initiate, plan or organize among many others. The symptoms can be frightening to the person who experiences them, causing them to become withdrawn or agitated.
Although there is no cure (as of 2007) for schizophrenia, the treatment success rate with anti-psychotic treatments / medications as well as psycho-social therapeutic treatments can and do improve the lives of the individuals going through this condition. In order to raise further awareness of the condition, the Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center is planning a week-long series of events to further educate the public.
Please explore the following links if you are interested in learning more about the week as well as the condition-