Schizophrenia “Hotspots” in the UK

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Following a report by the BBC in February 2017, they confirm that maps have revealed “hotspots” of schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses in England, based on the amount of medication prescribed by GPs.

The analysis by the University of East London produced interesting results.

Schizophrenia is a severe long-term mental health condition. It causes a range of different psychological symptoms.

Symptoms of schizophrenia include:

  • hallucinations – hearing or seeing things that don’t exist
  • delusions – unusual beliefs not based on reality
  • muddled thoughts based on hallucinations or delusions
  • changes in behaviour

Patients may suffer from some or all of the symptoms associated with the condition, not all people with schizophrenia will experience the same elements of the condition.

Schizophrenia is usually treated with a combination of medication and therapy tailored to each individual.

*The Royal College of Psychiatrists confirm that the cause of the illness is unknown however it is thought to be caused by a combination of elements which will be different for different people.

They also advise that schizophrenia affects around 1 in every 100 people over the course of their life and that It affects men and women equally and seems to be more common in city areas and in some ethnic minority groups. It is rare before the age of 15, but can start at any time after this, most often between the ages of 15 to 35.

Many people with schizophrenia now never have to go into hospital and are able to settle down, work and have lasting relationships.

For every 5 people with schizophrenia:

  • 1 will get better within five years of their first obvious symptoms
  • 3 will get better, but will have times when they get worse again
  • 1 will have troublesome symptoms for long periods of time.

*information sourced from


SMP Healthcare