The 411 on Schizophrenia

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  • Schizophrenia Can Take Lives
  • What Is Schizophrenia?
  • How Common Is It?
  • How Does Schizophrenia Affect the Brain?
  • Who Is at Risk?
  • Are Blacks Overdiagnosed With the Disorder?
  • The Warning Signs
  • Why Treatment Is Crucial
  • Treatment Barriers
  • Bringing a Face to the Disease

How Common Is It?

Schizophrenia is rare — it affects only 1 percent of the general population. The disease can be genetic. It’s estimated that 10 percent of those with schizophrenia have a first-degree relative (sister, brother or parent) with the disease, too.  

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