"Schizophrenia is a cruel disease. The lives of those affected are often chronicles of constricted experiences, muted emotions, missed opportunities, unfulfilled expectations. It leads to a twilight existence, a twentieth-century underground man... It is in fact the single biggest blemish on the face of contemporary American medicine and social services; when the social history of our era is written, the plight of persons with schizophrenia will be recorded as having been a national scandal."
- E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., Surviving Schizophrenia
With this page, we continue our goal of providing easy to understand information on mental disorders, by bringing you info on schizophrenia.
The quote at the top of the page illustrates the disorder that affects 2.2 million Americans, and usually develops during the ages of 16 and 30. However, norms don't cover everything, and schizophrenia can develop at any age.