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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Alan Anticevic, Ph.D., Expert on Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder
Alan Anticevic, Ph.D.
August 26, 2013
Alan Anticevic, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, used his NARSAD Young Investigator Grant to pursue a project examining...
Albert H.C. Wong, M.D., Ph.D., Expert on schizophrenia
Albert Wong, M.D., Ph.D.
August 21, 2013
Researchers are devoting increasing attention to the possible effects of the immune system in the causation of brain and behavior disorders. Among them is a...
Paola Dazzan, M.Sc., Ph.D., MRCPsych, of Kings College London, Expert in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder research
Dr. Paola Dazzan
August 20, 2013
Using structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), researchers found that the folding patterns in the brain could act as “markers,” or biological predictors,...
Nelson Freimer, M.D., expert on schizophrenia research
Nelson Freimer, M.D.
August 16, 2013
An international team of researchers, including NARSAD Grantee, Nelson Freimer, M.D., from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) has made two...
Debby W. Tsuang, M.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Debby W. Tsuang, M.D.
August 15, 2013
From The Quarterly, Summer 2013 With the support of a NARSAD Independent Investigator Grant, Debby W. Tsuang, M.D., and her colleagues at the University of...

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