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Today marks World Mental Health Day 2014. The focus this year is on schizophrenia, in order to raise awareness and tackle the stigma around the illness. Schizophrenia is a mental illness that distorts a person’s sense of reality, and is estimated to affect 2.2 million Americans each year.

What Is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a serious brain disorder that distorts the way a person thinks, acts, expresses emotions, perceives reality, and relates to others. People with schizophrenia -- the most chronic and disabling of the major mental illnesses -- often have problems functioning in society, at work and at school, and in relationships. Schizophrenia can leave its sufferer frightened and withdrawn. It is a lifelong disease that cannot be cured but usually can be controlled with proper treatment. Learn more here.

With this said, we would like to share the below infographic breaking down the stats on Schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia Stats Infographic

Infographic provided by www.schizlife.com.