I always heard that becoming schizophrenic was uncommon

But is one person out of a hundred people an uncommon statistic? Every time I hear that statistic I think the opposite of what they are trying to say. I think one out of a hundred means that schizophrenia is diagnosed pretty frequently. Your thoughts?


I have over 400 friends on Facebook yet I don’t know one other schizophrenic. At least 3 of them have to have it if you play the numbers game. I don’t know who they are.

In reality I know many more people than that. None of them have it. When I got diagnosed with it my first question was what’s that? Had never heard of it.

Well I don’t know anybody with schiz. Without you people on here I would think I was the only one who had it. Doesn’t seem to common. Seem like other mental illnesses are more common. I knew several people with bipolar or depression.

Thought it was 1-1000 but damn 1-100 sounds kind of common
Huh interesting

1 Like

Yes, 1 in 100 … When you’re having a kid (here at least) they give you all sort of statistics. An ex friend of mine was telling me that his pregnant wife scored great and the chance of having (i can’t remember) was 1 in 600 which was very good.

Then I told him that the chances of having schizophrenia were 1 in 100 and his face dropped.

1 Like

Maybe the chances to win the lottery are higher than the chances of nonsz.

I think it depends whether you look at it from a macro or micro standpoint. By micro, take your senior high school class. I had about 300 in my class so statistically 3 have or would develop sz. Only 3, not enough to stir a debate. But from a macro viewpoint, take the US whose population is 325 million. 1% is 3.2 million, roughly the population of the entire state of Iowa. That’s a lot of people.

This might explain why many institutions like schools, universities, places of work, are ill equipped at dealing with mental illness, specifically sz. When it only affects 1%, little to no resources are allocated to prevention, education, post care, etc. It doesn’t make any fiscal sense to fund, for instance, a college whose enrollment is say 10,000. This means 100 students on campus are dz as sz, 25 each year (4 year uni). Each year, only 25 new students may visit the college’s health facilities with sz symptoms. Unfortunately, these institutions lack proper funding simply because it is only 1%. This is evident in that most students become symptomatic and may withdraw and leave school.

I’m a bit fortunate that I went to a research university with a huge medical program. The care I received wasn’t great but I was able to receive the medication I needed and just enough talk therapy to finish my degree (I graduated as an economics major if you couldn’t tell :)).

I’ll get off my soapbox now, but I think about just how underfunded sz is as a whole. Every dollar spent of preventative mental health saves $7 of future costs. It behooves everyone to take a stance in funding mental health. Ok, now I’ll get off my soapbox.


We know multiple people with Schizophrenia and NO ONE dare tells anyone (friends, family, co-workers) for fear of being “outed”. It’s shocking the range of attitudes held by most people in America. The range can be die hard people on the left feeling no one should be made to get treatment or medication of any time – to fiscal die hard people on the right feeling their should never have pay for someone else’s misfortune.

MOST employers would come up with any reason possible to let go a employee that is Schizophrenic, Schizoaffective or Bipolar w/delusions or paranoia if they knew about it. Their “risk” advisers behind closed doors always want to get rid of possible liabilities.

I personally am very upset with NAMI…I think they do a horrible job educating the public and rarely if ever respond to “events” involving the mentally ill. They do very little to direct the narrative or take the opportunity to educate.

This topic was automatically closed 90 days after the last reply. New replies are no longer allowed.