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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NARSAD Grantee Akira Sawa, M.D., Ph.D. expert on schizophrenia
Akira Sawa, M.D., Ph.D.
May 02, 2013
Schizophrenia, an illness estimated to affect 1 in 100 American adults annually, is both debilitating and difficult to diagnose. Psychiatric clinical...
Scott A. Schobel, M.D., Columbia University, a schizophrenia expert
Scott A. Schobel, M.D.
April 29, 2013
A diagnosis of schizophrenia is often preceded by a "prodromal" phase of the illness, in which milder symptoms are present for weeks or even years before...
Rachel Loewy, Ph.D. - Brain and Behavior research expert on Schizophrenia
Rachel Loewy, Ph.D.
April 18, 2013
From The Quarterly, Spring 2013 The changes to brain function that schizophrenia effects, the cognitive deficits that inflict the most devastating long-term...
Judith L. Rapoport, M.D., expert on schizophrenia
Judith L. Rapoport, M.D.
April 18, 2013
Interview With A Researcher: Chief of Child Psychiatry at the NIMH Shares Insight From The Quarterly, Spring 2013 Learning how genes predispose, even if they...
David Foster, Ph.D., Expert on Schizophrenia
David Foster, Ph.D.
April 17, 2013
With the support of a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant, David Foster, Ph.D., led research to understand spatial memory in the hippocampus area of the brain. His...

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