This article reviews some new research into the presentation of Schizophrenia from around the world. While different cultures, income levels, etc. will often impact how certain mental health issues will manifest and present (for example, delusions with technological themes are far more frequent in men than women), this research shows just how similar Schizophrenia tends to appear, regardless of where in the world a person experiences it. From the article:
"Although there were some regional and country variations, on the whole the study provided a strikingly similar overall pattern when it came to key health, medication and socio-economic factors."
Patients were assessed at baseline and at three, six, 12, 18, 24 and 36 months. All clinicians taking part in the study were free to determine what treatment and medication their patients received and no drugs were provided by the study sponsor.
Here a just a few of the findings:
- 26% of the study participants were taking more than one antipsychotic and about 74% were taking other prescribed drugs at the same time. 10% were taking antipsychotics for the first time.
- The key reasons for changing medication were the same across all the regions surveyed, with two-thirds of the investigators citing lack of effectiveness, followed by intolerance, patient request and incomplete adherence to the medication.
- Just over 34% of patients had been admitted to an inpatient facility because of their schizophrenia in the last six months. With the exception of the Latin American region (40.8%) all the other regions showed very similar rates, ranging from 31.2% to 36.3%.
Schizophrenia is a devestating illness that significantly impacts the lives of many people and their families - the more information we can learn, the better. I highly recommend the whole article, which shows that Schizophrenia impacts people no matter where they are from.