Question: What is the life expectancy of a paranoid schizophrenic?

Using data from 11 studies, Hjorthøj et al (2016) showed that schizophrenia was associated with an average of 14.5 years of potential life lost. The loss was greater for men (15.9) than for women (13.6). Life expectancy was greatly reduced in patients with schizophrenia, at 64.7 years (59.9 for men and 67.6 for women).Using data from 11 studies, Hjorthøj et al (2016) showed that schizophrenia was associated with an average of 14.5 years of potential life lost

Do all schizophrenics die early?

Persons with schizophrenia have a greatly diminished life span. In general, people with this disorder die more than 25 years earlier than the general population. In other words, these individuals can only expect to live about 70% of the normal life span.

Why do schizophrenics live shorter lives?

However, researchers believe that early death in schizophrenia is more likely caused by gene-environment interactions. Exposure to toxins during early childhood and short duration of schooling may affect genes in ways that lower life expectancy in schizophrenia.

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