Why is schizophrenia such a serious illness?

Mark Moronell, MD
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Schizophrenia is a serious illness that can completely incapacitate people, causing social isolation, homelessness and financial distress, among many other problems. It is considered one of the most serious illnesses affecting humankind. According to the Merck Manuals Online Medical Library, schizophrenia is the 9th most predominant cause of disability worldwide. Symptoms of schizophrenia usually first appear in young people when they are finishing high school, starting college, or beginning to live independently. When a disease as serious as schizophrenia affects people during this time of life, the chances of developing healthy relationships and living a satisfying life are greatly reduced. Over time, especially if untreated, the mental illness can lead to life-threatening problems like suicidal thoughts and drug and alcohol abuse.

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