In findings recently published in Cell, 2010 NARSAD Independent Investigator Grantee, Guo-li Ming, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, demonstrate that people are nearly one and a...
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Did you know that schizophrenia affects more than 1 percent of the world's population? See NARSAD Grants at work on the latest schizophrenia research
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.
Visit the Schizophrenia Research Forum, fully sponsored by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation—a virtual community of scientists collaborating in their quest for causes, improved treatments, and better understanding of schizophrenia.
NARSAD distinguished Investigator Grantee, Aaron T. Beck, the 'Father of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)’ proved that it can be used to help treat the 'negative' symptoms of schizophrenia. CBT was invented by Beck in...
We know that there are large differences in outcome between people with schizophrenia, and there is evidence that these differences may be related to differences in cognitive skills such as the ability to pay attention,...
A hallmark symptom of schizophrenia is difficulty in distinguishing external reality from internal experiences. Whether or not this impairment is irreversible has long been debated. Now, a pilot study at the University of...
The summer before Neil Barber’s junior year in high school, he and three of his buddies decided to experiment with marijuana. Neil’s dad, Greg, recalls the four of them getting “pretty rocked,” but Neil being the only one...