90% of people with untreated schizophrenia are in developing countries. (World Health Organization)
More than 50% of persons worldwide with schizophrenia are not receiving appropriate care. (World Health Organization)
Approximately 2.2 million American adults have schizophrenia. (National Institutes of Mental Health)
About 24 million people worldwide suffer from schizophrenia. (World Health Organization)
Schizophrenia is the most persistent and disabling of the major mental illnesses. It usually attacks people between the ages of 16 and 30, as they are beginning to realize their potential. It affects approximately one in 100 people worldwide, (one per cent of the population), affecting men and women almost equally. While it is treatable in many cases, there is as yet no cure for schizophrenia.
The mind controls the basic functions of thinking, feeling (emotions), perception (the five senses) and behavior. These functions ordinarily work together, enabling us to:
tell the difference between fantasy and reality
keep anxiety at manageable levels
have appropriate emotional responses
make sense of what happens to us
maintain a stable sense of who we are
establish and maintain relationships with others
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Schizophrenia Bulletin seeks to review recent developments and empirically based hypotheses regarding the etiology and treatment of schizophrenia. We view the field as broad and deep, and will publish new knowledge ranging from the molecular basis to social and cultural factors. We will give new emphasis to translational reports which simultaneously highlight basic neurobiological mechanisms and clinical manifestations. Much of the Bulletin content will be invited reviews and manuscripts organized as a theme by special guest editors. Also, the Bulletin will carry unsolicited manuscripts of high quality that report original data related to theme issues or where the Bulletin can provide a special venue for a major study.
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This website endeavors to answer many common questions about schizophrenia. Current research-based information is provided for people with schizophrenia, their family members, friends, and the general public about the symptoms and diagnosis of schizophrenia, possible causes, treatments, and treatment resources.
Schizophrenia Digest is the source of information- dedicated to bringing hope, dignity and support to persons with schizophrenia and their families. By Subscription 1 yr -19.95 2 Yr- 34.95 (US)
There is alot of information out there about Schizophrenia. Here are some of the links that I have used:
Meaningful life assistance for people with persistant mental illness
The World Fellowship for Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders (WFSAD) is the only global grassroots organization dedicated to lightening the burden of schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses for sufferers and their families.
WFSAD strives to increase knowledge, understanding and compassion and reduce the fear, stigma, discrimination and abuse that accompany these difficult conditions. WFSAD and its member organizations focus on the humane treatment of people with schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses and on their primary care, which falls frequently upon the family, most often the parents, and can last a lifetime. There is need for housing, rehabilitation, recreation and a decent life for those battling these difficult conditions. It is estimated that some 40% of sufferers have no contact with formal mental health systems. Support, training and education is necessary for families and their sick loved-ones, who have an enormous and continuing burden to shoulder.
SCARF is the acronym for the Schizophrenia Research Foundation, a non governmental, non profit organization in Chennai ( formerly Madras) in south India Founded in 1984 by a group of philanthropists and mental health professionals led by Dr. M.Sarada Menon, an internationally known psychiatrist, SCARF has established itself as a center of repute in rehabilitation and research in disorders of the mind. . The present team led by the Director Dr.R.Thara is composed of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, rehab personnel, administrative and support staff. SCARF is one of the very few NGOs in the world to be named as a Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization ( WHO) for Mental Health Research and Training. SCARF is also the Indian co-ordinating site for the anti-stigma programme of the World Psychiatric Association.
A non-profit community providing in-depth information, support and education related to schizophrenia, a disorder of the brain and mind.
Transforming the Understanding and Treatment of Mental Illness through Research