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Amal Khaleel Abu Alhommos* and Batool Rashid Al-Janoubi


Schizophrenia is probably the most severe mental disorder, as it is correlated with cognitive deficits, deficits in social functioning and high levels of distress. Schizophrenia most commonly has its onset in early adulthood affecting approximately 24 million people worldwide and 208,643 people in Saudi Arabia. Schizophrenia is usually a lifelong psychiatric disability. Many patients require comprehensive and continuous care over the course of their lives. The main objective of this study was to assess the population awareness of schizophrenia disease in Alhasa region of Saudi Arabia. The study was a crosssectional study design was carried in Saudi Arabia, over a period between 25th of January to 25th of March 2017. The Saudi population in Al-Hasa were the population of the study. An online questionnaire was published to collect the data. The questions were close ended or multiple choice type. The questionnaire included two sections: demographic section and the population knowledge section. The 310 persons fully completed the online questionnaire. The exclusion criteria in this study was any participants who are medical practitioner such as pharmacists, physician and nurses. The population were well aware about schizophrenia disease regarding to the prevalence of schizophrenia among gender, onset of the disease, other associated disease or conditions that may cause schizophrenia, proper strategy to deal with any schizophrenic patient. However, they were unaware about the schizophrenia definition, life long chance for developing schizophrenia, genetic risk factors, common symptoms of schizophrenia, disease management, ans side effect of the medications.

Keywords: Population, Awareness, and Schizophrenia.

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