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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Brain & Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee Lin Mei, M.D., Ph.D. of Georgia Regents University, expert on schizophrenia
Lin Mei, M.D., Ph.D.
February 01, 2013
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee Lin Mei, M.D., Ph.D. of Georgia Regents University and colleagues have...
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation 2010 NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee Frederick C. Nucifora, Jr., Ph.D., D.O., M.H.S.
Dr. Frederick C. Nucifora, Jr.
January 25, 2013
Researchers led by Brain & Behavior Research Foundation 2010 NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee Frederick C. Nucifora, Jr., Ph.D., D.O., M.H.S. have...
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grant, Akira Sawa, M.D., Ph.D. and Johns Hopkins University, schizophrenia and depression
Akira Sawa, M.D., Ph.D.
January 21, 2013
With support from a 2011 Brain & Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grant, Akira Sawa, M.D., Ph.D. and Johns Hopkins University...
Joseph A. Gogos, schizophrenia research expert
Joseph Gogos, M.D., Ph.D.
January 18, 2013
A new study published in the Jan. 17 issue of Cell explores the contribution of microRNAs (non-coding Ribonucleic acid) to 22q11.2 deletion syndrome - a...
NARSAD Grantee Robert Freedman, M.D., Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, University of Colorado and Editor of The American Journal of Psychiatry, expert on schizophrenia
Robert Freedman, M.D.
January 15, 2013
According to a new study by a research team that includes NARSAD Grantees Robert Freedman, M.D., Randal G. Ross, M.D., Sherry Leonard, Ph.D. and Karen E....

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