Schizophrenia impacts more than just patients
No one struggles alone and no one succeeds alone. Part of understanding schizophrenia is knowing how patients, caregivers, and health care providers are all impacted by the complexity and unique challenges of managing this chronic and disabling mental illness.1 Patients can also struggle with a higher prevalence of comorbid conditions such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic infections, depression, and substance use disorders.2-11
Schizophrenia is a chronic brain disorder affecting 2.4 million people in the United States, or <1% of the general population.1,12 It is a costly mental health disorder—with an estimated cost of $156 billion in 2013.13
In the face of these challenges, the United for Schizophrenia initiative was developed to highlight real stories of people that made a difference in the lives of people living with schizophrenia and to inspire others. It will take all of us, working together as part of the network of care for people with schizophrenia to make a difference.