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Table 2 Respondents views about course of mental disorders and risk factors for schizophrenia, bipolar disorders and autism*

From: A first national survey of knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards schizophrenia, bipolar disorders and autism in France

Views about course: Schizophrenia Bipolar disorders Autism Differences between disorders*
Develops early in life 44% 31% 45% p < 0.002
Early diagnosis is possible 38% 36% 84%
Requires lifelong treatment 74% 53% 61%
With treatment, a person can live a normal life 49% 56% 25%
It will become more severe / worsen over time 42% 37% 21%  
Views about risk factors:     
Drugs & Alcohol Misuse 58% 54% 3% p < 0.001
Stressful Life Events 52% 67% 23%
Life Style/Environment 42% 64% 11%
Parent-Children Interactions 32% 49% 22%
Genetic Factors 27% 25% 44%
Did Not Know 17% 12% 21%  
  1. *see text for details: views about course of disorder show % giving a ‘yes’ response; views about risk factors show % ranking each item first or equal first.