As far as mental health professionals can ascertain, schizophrenia is an equal-opportunity disease. It is recorded in all nations, at all income levels, and in virtually every culture around the globe.
The World Health Organization estimates that while 24 million people throughout the world suffer from schizophrenia, less than 50 percent of this population receives appropriate treatment. The situation for those in developing countries is worse: 90 percent of those with schizophrenia remain untreated.
Not surprisingly, throughout the world there are still many differences in treatment. In some places, treatment involves psychotherapy, medication, and a host of training and support programs. In others, it may mean a “one size fits all” drug or institutionalization. One thing is consistent, however. When it comes to treatment, those with the financial means have access to the best available treatment.View Article