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Schizophrenia - How common is schizophrenia?

BMJ Group Medical Reference

Schizophrenia can affect anyone.

Researchers have found that:

  • At any one time, about 7 in 1,000 adults have schizophrenia[13]

  • The chance of getting schizophrenia at some point in your life is about 1 in 100[14]

  • Some studies have found that men are more likely to get schizophrenia than women. According to these studies, roughly three men get schizophrenia for every two women who get it.[15] However, other studies have found that men and women are equally likely to get schizophrenia[16]

  • Schizophrenia tends to affect people for the first time as young adults. The average age for first getting symptoms is 25. However, men tend to be affected at a younger age than women.[17]


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Last Updated: June 21, 2012
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