How common is undifferentiated schizophrenia?

In general, 1% of people across the world have schizophrenia. Anyone can develop this condition, but it happens equally in both men and women. While children can develop schizophrenia, this is rare - the average age to develop schizophrenia for men is 18, and for women, 25. It is also uncommon to develop schizophrenia in middle to older age. If the top ten causes of disability were ranked, schizophrenia would be number nine across the world.

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Undifferentiated schizophrenia is the most common form of schizophrenia because it covers all schizophrenia diagnoses. If your symptoms do not meet the criteria for the disorganized, paranoid, or catatonic types, you may be diagnosed as having undifferentiated schizophrenia. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms and whether they fall into this category.

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