Schizophrenia is a serious condition. How much do YOU know about it?
Schizophrenia is a mental illness affecting millions of people all around the world. It can impair an individual’s thoughts and cause them to feel and see things that aren’t real. This disorder can be extremely terrifying for people who don’t receive the proper treatment.
But it’s a mental illness that’s manageable if the proper help is received. The National Alliance on Mental Illness says that schizophrenia affects both women and men the same way, and in our country, about 2.4 million people suffer from the disorder.
Men are commonly diagnosed with the condition sometime in their late teens to early twenties. On the other hand, women are commonly diagnosed with it in their late twenties to early thirties.
It’s been shown that it speeds up physical aging and the average life span of a person with this disorder is 20 to 23 years less than the general population. Essentially, schizophrenic people in their 50s will have similar health to those in their 70s.
Schizophrenia will also interfere with a person’s ability to handle their emotions properly. So let’s look at 5 warning signs you should be aware of.