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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Stamatia Pappas
Stamatia Pappas
May 18, 2013
A family credits recovery from schizoaffective disorder to relatively early intervention, the right medication, never losing hope and a great therapist From...
Dr. Herbert Meltzer, Professor of Psychiatry at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, Expert on Schizophrenia
Herbert Meltzer, M.D.
May 13, 2013
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Scientific Council Member and NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee, Herbert Meltzer, M.D., recipient of the...
Study by Stewart A. Anderson, M.D., expert on schizophrenia and autism
Study by Dr. Stewart Anderson
May 09, 2013
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Scientific Council Member Stewart A. Anderson, M.D., co-led a study in which stem cells—cells that are capable of...
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...

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