Schizophrenia

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.

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Brian D’Onofrio, Ph.D., of Indiana University Bloomington, brain and behavior research expert
Brian D’Onofrio, Ph.D.
October 04, 2013
Led by NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee, Brian D’Onofrio, Ph.D. (who was also an Honorable Mention for the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation 2011...
Terrie Moffitt, Ph.D., Expert in Schizophrenia
Terrie Moffitt, Ph.D.
September 26, 2013
People who later develop schizophrenia have thinking and memory (or "cognitive") difficulties that disrupt their everyday functioning both early in life—long...
Ricardo Carrión, Ph.D.
Ricardo Carrión, Ph.D.
September 11, 2013
With the aid of a NARSAD Grant, a new study of adolescents at high risk for developing psychosis found that their long-term functioning is not solely dependent...
Anju Vasudevan, Ph.D., Brain Research Expert and Schizophrenia Expert
Anju Vasudevan, Ph.D.
September 10, 2013
In the continuing search for glitches in brain development that may give rise later on to serious illnesses such as schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorder (...
Patrick Sullivan, M.D.
Patrick Sullivan, M.D.
August 30, 2013
Momentum is building in the largest experiment ever in schizophrenia research: 13 more regions in the human gene code, or genome, have been identified as being...

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