True – About 1% of the world’s population and about 3 million U.S. citizens have schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia most commonly begins in people over age 50.
False – The onset of schizophrenia normally begins between the ages 15 and 25.
Schizophrenia can be caused by bad upbringing, or personal or moral weakness.
False – Schizophrenia is a disease with a physical cause
Schizophrenia can be diagnosed through a series of medical tests.
False – Currently there are no medical tests for schizophrenia, but several tools are used by trained professionals to evaluate and diagnose the disorder.
Approximately 1 of every 10 people with schizophrenia completes a suicide attempt.
True – About 20%-40% of people with schizophrenia attempt to commit suicide. Suicide is the number one cause of death for young people with schizophrenia. Approximately 1 of every 10 people with schizophrenia completes a suicide attempt.
Like diabetes, schizophrenia has a genetic pattern.
True – There is a hereditary tendency for schizophrenia.