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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Michael O’Donovan, M.D., Ph.D., expert schizophrenia researcher
Michael O’Donovan, M.D., Ph.D.
July 22, 2014
Some questions in science are solved by a few pioneers toiling in their laboratories, but others depend on huge international teams. In the past several years...
Sarah Canetta, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Sarah Canetta, Ph.D.
July 17, 2014
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Guo-li Ming, M.D., Ph.D., research expert on schizophrenia and autism
Guo-li Ming, M.D., Ph.D.
July 15, 2014
Processes during brain development that can malfunction are believed to contribute to the onset of psychiatric illnesses, but identifying specific underlying...
Martin Debbané, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on general mental illness
Martin Debbané, Ph.D.
July 07, 2014
A missing piece of DNA may hold clues about how schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders develop. People who are missing a small section of chromosome 22—...
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D. - President and CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.
July 03, 2014
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN, Assistant Professor in neurosurgery at Emory University and Associate Chief of the neurosurgery service...

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