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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Amanda J. Law, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Amanda J. Law, Ph.D.
June 17, 2014
For more than a decade, scientists have been collecting evidence for the involvement of a gene called NRG1 in mental illnesses, most notably in schizophrenia....
Stanislav S. Zakharenko, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Dr. Zakharenko
June 05, 2014
A study by former NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee Stanislav S. Zakharenko, M.D., Ph.D., and his colleagues at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in...
Fred H. Gage, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Fred H. Gage, Ph.D.
June 02, 2014
An inter-institutional team using state-of-the-art stem-cell technology has bolstered evidence that schizophrenia begins to take shape in the womb even though...
Maria Karayiorgou, M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Maria Karayiorgou, M.D.
May 30, 2014
Rare genetic mutations known as “loss-of-function” mutations, because they lead to severe disruption in a gene’s functioning, are thought to play an important...
Sandra and Emerson Hart, Professional Actress from "Romper Room" and Grammy-Nominated Singer/Songwriter, Lead Singer of Tonic
Sandra and Emerson Hart
May 27, 2014
Emerson Hart is a singer-songwriter. In the 1990s, he co-founded the Grammy-nominated rock band Tonic and, as the lead singer, has written hit songs for the...

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