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let's educate dr. charles
Schizophrenia is a devastating brain disease that affects people all over the world. |
Unlike some illnesses, the rates of schizophrenia are the same from state to state and country to country.
Whether you live in Arkansas or Zimbabwe, the statistic is the same: about 1 in every 100 people has schizophrenia.
In the United States, the disease appears earlier. by about 3-4 years. more in men than in women.
Otherwise, schizophrenia affects men and women equally. Overall, seventy-five percent of those who get schizophrenia do so between ages 17 and 25.
Some people who later develop schizophrenia may have seemed "different" from other children at an early age.
It is unusual for the onset of schizophrenia to occur after age thirty.
Once thought to be psychological, schizophrenia is clearly a brain "disease" with a genetic component. Researchers think that something in the genetic makeup makes a person vulnerable to schizophrenia.
A person with a parent or sibling with schizophrenia has about a ten percent risk of developing the disease, compared to a one percent risk for person with no family history of the disease.
Scientists also believe that non-genetic factors, such as environmental stress, may also play a role in the development of schizophrenia. This kind of stress may, if fact, occur during fetal development or at birth.
By taking detailed pictures of the brain, researchers have been able to show that there are differences, deep within the brain, of some people with schizophrenia.
So stay in your U.S. and keep your schizophrenia for yourself, dr. charles please.