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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Zhiping Pang, Ph.D., Robert Wood Johnson Medical School University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
Zhiping Pang, Ph.D.
August 07, 2012
Zhiping Pang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology at UMDNJ-RWJMS-Child Health Institute of New Jersey won the 2012 Freedman Prize on...
Mikhail V. Pletnikov, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, expert on schizophrenia
Mikhail Pletnikov, M.D., Ph.D.
July 20, 2012
In a new study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins researchers have discovered that two previously established biological risk factors...
Patrick F. Sullivan, M.D., Professor and Director of Psychiatric Genonomics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Autism, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder
Patrick F. Sullivan, M.D.
July 05, 2012
A new study published online in the Archives of General Psychiatry on July 2 found that a family history of schizophrenia and/or bipolar disorder is a risk...
Marco P. Boks, M.D., Ph.D., Rudolf Magnus Institute of Neuroscience, 2009 NARSAD Young Investigator  Grantee, expert on Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia and epigenetics
Marco P. Boks, M.D., Ph.D.
July 03, 2012
Marco P. Boks, M.D., Ph.D., Rudolf Magnus Institute of Neuroscience, 2009 NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee: "Methylation as an Epigenetic Cause of...
Richard Keefe, Ph.D., Director of the Schizophrenia Research Group at the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, schizophrenia expert
Richard Keefe, Ph.D.
June 28, 2012
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Scientific Council Member Richard Keefe, Ph.D., Director of the Schizophrenia Research Group at the Duke Institute for...

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