Schizophrenia

Did you know that schizophrenia affects more than 1 percent of the world's population?

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Schizophrenia is a severe, chronic, and generally disabling brain and behavior disorder. It is most accurately described as a psychosis - a type of illness that causes severe mental disturbances that disrupt normal thoughts, speech, and behavior. Schizophrenia is believed to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

Positive symptoms may include delusions, thought disorders, and hallucinations. People with schizophrenia may hear voices other people don't hear, or believe other people are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, or plotting to harm them. Negative symptoms may include avolition (a lack of desire or motivation to accomplish goals), lack of desire to form social relationships, and blunted affect and emotion. Cognitive symptoms involve problems with attention and memory, especially in planning and organization to achieve a goal. Cognitive deficits are the most disabling for patients trying to lead a normal life.

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Melanie Föcking, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Melanie Föcking, Ph.D.
August 27, 2014
In the brain’s communication system, nerve cells transmit messages across the synapse, the minute gap between cells. On the receiving end, the postsynaptic...
Patricio O’Donnell, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Patricio O’Donnell, M.D., Ph.D.
August 25, 2014
According to a study published online August 14th in the journal Neuron, it may be possible to head off schizophrenia, in some cases, with antioxidants. The...
Guo-li Ming, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Guo-li Ming, M.D., Ph.D.
August 21, 2014
In important new research, a team that included five past and present recipients of NARSAD Grants recreated human brain cells from skin cells of patients with...
"Ben" Kaye - Recovering from Schizophrenia
Ben Kaye
August 18, 2014
Seared into Randye Kaye’s memory is a terrifying day in 2003 when she rushed 21-year-old Ben to the emergency room of the local hospital near her home in...
Michael M. Halassa, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on autism
Michael M. Halassa, M.D., Ph.D.
August 15, 2014
Mental illness is increasingly believed to be caused by malfunctioning circuitry in the brain. In newly published research led by Michael M. Halassa, M.D., Ph....

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