Welcome to Living with Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is a severe and disabling illness that affects the way the mind works often causing disturbed behaviour and disrupting normal living. It will affect about 1 in 100 of the population and starts mainly in late teens and early twenties, at the very time that most people are starting out on their adult life and beginning to realise their plans and ambitions. Today in the UK over a quarter of a million people are being treated for schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia is one of the major public health challenges facing us today and yet its true impact is very poorly understood by the general public. The cruelly high death toll from suicide and the higher vulnerability to physical ailments mean that people living with schizophrenia will die 10 to 20 years younger than average.
But in recent years our expertise in treating this condition has undoubtedly improved. We now have better medications and better access to talking therapies than at any time in the past.
And alongside the improvements in treatments have come marked improvements in clinical outcomes. Indeed most people who experience an episode of this illness now will return to a high level of functioning.
However although clinical outcomes have improved, social outcomes in the UK are still very poor and are not getting better. At the moment very few people who are diagnosed with schizophrenia will manage to get into work, drive or own their own home. Recovery, true recovery, therefore remains an aspiration that we are yet to achieve.
On this website we publish the views and experiences of people who have known schizophrenia from the inside and who do not believe that a diagnosis of schizophrenia need always be a life sentence. We believe that the aim should be not simply to survive but to thrive.
Our work focuses on and promotes recovery strategies and beneficial lifestyle choices and aims to help sufferers re-join mainstream life in the wider community.