“The total number of Americans with schizophrenia could replace every resident in Boston, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and then some.
Contrary to their portrayal in some media, individuals with schizophrenia are able to live relatively normal lives. For many people, this fact can be surprising. Aren’t people with schizophrenia, they might ask, supposed to be locked up inside a One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest type of institution? Isn’t schizophrenia supposed to be a life-ending diagnosis?” (Psychology Today)
John Forbes Nash, Jr., the subject of the film A Beautiful Mind, was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1959: