26m people living with Schizophrenia in World

October 27, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: According to World Federation of Mental Health’s (MFMH), an estimated 26 million people are living with schizophrenia globally, and around 0.7 percent to 1.0 percent of the population is affected by this condition, not counting those who belong to broader schizophrenia spectrum.

This was stated by representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in a press conference held at Karachi Press Conference.

Manager Communication, Karwan-e-Hayat(Institute for Mental Health Care ) Sumera Naqvi said living with schizophrenia involve the patients, family, professional or the consulting psychiatrist with the relevant staff and the society in general.

She said symptoms of schizophrenia include hallucinations, delusions, disorganized speech and disorganized behaviour. She is integration dysfunction and psychological pain which combines with social isolation that leads to stigma.

Abdul Raheem Moosvi, a social organizer, informed that a joint forum of NGOs working on the treatment, rehabilitation and awareness of mentally ill patients in Karachi was holding a program to celebrate World Mental Health Day 2014 on 29 October at Arts Council Auditorium, Karachi.

He said program was designed to create awareness on various cross-cutting issues of mental illness and mental health in line with theme of the World Mental Health Day “Living with Schizophrenia.”

It was the World Federation of Mental Health’s (MFMH) initiatives to hold the World Health Day 1992, he explained . He said day was annually held on October 10 to raise public awareness about mental health and related issues.

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