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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Christopher Pack, Ph.D., expert on schizophrenia research
Christopher Pack, Ph.D.
April 10, 2014
Recent research led by Christopher Pack, Ph.D., of McGill University, supported in part by his 2008 NARSAD Young Investigator Grant, may help to explain why...
Akira Sawa, M.D., Ph.D., expert on schizophrenia research
Akira Sawa, M.D., Ph.D.
April 07, 2014
In new research led by 2011 NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee Akira Sawa, M.D., Ph.D., an experimental anticancer medication has been found to reverse...
Sohee Park, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Sohee Park, Ph.D.
March 19, 2014
We imitate others to learn behaviors and acquire skills, including social skills. This ability is impaired in people with schizophrenia, and new research led...
Daniel Mathalon, M.D., Ph.D., Schizophrenia expert researcher from UCSF
Daniel Mathalon, M.D., Ph.D.
March 17, 2014
The clinical symptoms currently used to predict a patient’s risk of future psychosis fail two-thirds of the time. Only one-in-three people identified by...
Patrick F. Sullivan, M.D., Expert on schizohrenia research
Patrick F. Sullivan, M.D.
March 10, 2014
Working memory allows us to keep multiple things in mind that we need while performing a task. This kind of temporary repository helps us through all sorts of...

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