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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Anne Bassett, M.D., F.R.C.P.C. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Anne Bassett, M.D., F.R.C.P.C.
July 18, 2013
In a first-of-its-kind schizophrenia study, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Grantees Anne Bassett, M.D., F.R.C.P.C.; Janice Husted, Ph.D.; Eva...
Akira Sawa, M.D., Ph.D. expert on schizophrenia and mood disorder research
Akira Sawa, M.D., Ph.D.
July 16, 2013
In a new genetic study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, including NARSAD Grantees Hanna Jaaro-Peled, Ph.D. and Akira Sawa, M.D., Ph.D., elevated...
Emily G. Severance, Ph.D. of Johns Hopkins University, expert on schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
Emily G. Severance, Ph.D.
July 05, 2013
People with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder have heightened sensitivities to certain foods, such as wheat glutens, that may leak from the gastrointestinal (...
Yang Yang, Ph.D. of the Yale University School of Medicine and Expert on Schizophrenia
Yang Yang, Ph.D.
July 03, 2013
It has long been suspected that heavy smoking by people with schizophrenia, while as harmful to overall health as for anyone who smokes, is an attempt at self-...
Maria Karayiorgou, M.D., Expert on Schizophrenia
Maria Karayiorgou, M.D.
July 01, 2013
Science has proven the strong genetic component to schizophrenia, a mental illness that can be severely debilitating, but many questions remain about which...

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