Schizophrenia is a chronic brain disorder that affects approximately 2.4 million American adults and 0.9% of the world’s population.
Research suggests that men and women are at equal risk of developing the disease, which occurs at similar rates in all ethnic groups around the world.
At this time, no one knows exactly what causes the condition or why schizophrenia affects some people and not others. It’s important to understand that it’s not your fault that you have schizophrenia—no one is to blame and there’s nothing you did to cause it.
Studies show that schizophrenia may be caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain. Scientists believe that schizophrenia, like many other conditions, may result from a combination of genetic and environmental factors.