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Around the world people suffering schizophrenia

Roughly people suffering schizophrenia around the world

Did you know that schizophrenia affects approximately 1.1% of the population, over the age of 18.

Schizophrenia is a lifelong, mental health condition that usually appears in late adolescence or early adulthood. In some cases, unusual behaviours might start appearing in childhood but those become notable as someone grows older. Schizophrenia can impact someone’s speech, thinking, emotions and everyday life interactions.

What are the symptoms of schizophrenia?

  • Confused speech that is hard for others to understand
  • Decreased need for activity or lack of motivation (Neglecting their everyday needs, feeling catatonic)
  • Psychotic features, such as delusions and hallucinations (for example, hearing voices)
  • Depression, self-harm

Before experiencing these symptoms, a person may appear:

  • Different all of a sudden
  • Anxious
  • Unable to concentrate in a simple task or conversation

When to see a doctor?

People with schizophrenia often lack awareness that their difficulties stem from a mental disorder that requires medical attention. Family and friends can help them receive help but also support them during the treatment. Treatment can vary according to someone’s needs and symptoms but the standard treatment involves psychotherapy and antipsychotic medication.

Helping someone who may have schizophrenia

If you think someone you know may have symptoms of schizophrenia, talk to them about your concerns. You can also contact us to find the right help and support services. If your loved one poses a danger to self or others you may need to call 112 or emergency responders for help so that your loved one can be evaluated by a mental health professional.

If you, or your loved one experience the above symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can guide you to the right support and services.


What to say to a person with schizophrenia:

‘’I understand that you have been through a lot, and I just want you to know that I care about you and am willing to help you.’’

‘’You are important to me.’’

‘’You are not your illness. You are your own person with dreams and aspirations.’’

‘’You are not to blame for this.’’

‘’You are always safe with me.’’


What not to say to a person with schizophrenia:

‘’Are you hallucinating everyday? What is it like?’’

‘’Schizophrenics are dangerous!’’

‘’What happens when you hear voices?’’

‘’What do the voices tell you?’’

‘’It’s all in your head.’’


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