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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Maria Karayiorgou, M.D., Professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and acting chief, divisatric and Medical Genetics, New York State Psychiatric Institute
Maria Karayiorgou, M.D.
October 11, 2012
NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee,  Maria Karayiorgou, M.D., and NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee, Joseph A. Gogos, M.D., Ph.D, are the authors of a...
 Consuelo Walss-Bass, Ph.D., 2004 and 2007 NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee, Associate Professor Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Expert on Schizophrenia
Consuelo Walss-Bass, Ph.D.
September 24, 2012
Isolated populations with relatively homogeneous gene pools make excellent natural laboratories for genetic research. One such study examines the genetics of...
Cure Autism Fairy - Created by Courtney Benton, an autistic artist living in Michigan.
Autism Fairy
September 24, 2012
This article goes along with: From Genetics to Epigenetics: Seeking to Identify How Environmental Triggers May Cause Brain and Behavior Disorders Although Dr....
Alexander Niculescu, III, M.D., Ph.D., NARSAd Young Investigator Grantee, Expert on Schizophrenia
Alexander Niculescu, III, M.D., Ph.D.
September 24, 2012
Alexander Niculescu, III, M.D., Ph.D., and an international team of scientists have identified and prioritized the top genes—from among thousands of potential...
Chiara Nosarti, Ph.D., NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee and Expert on Mental Illness from Kings College London
Chiara Nosarti, Ph.D.
September 24, 2012
According to the research of Chiara Nosarti, Ph.D., babies born prematurely appear to have an increased risk for developing mental illness, including...

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