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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Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D., Columbia University Medical Center
Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D.
February 07, 2012
Scientific Council Member, Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D. of Columbia University Medical Center presents an overview of the current state of mental healthcare,...
Bita Moghaddam, PhD
Bita Moghaddam, PhD
January 20, 2012
Scientific Council Member Bita Moghaddam, PhD, led adolescent brain research at the University of Pittsburgh that identified more activity in teen brains, in...
Eric R. Kandel, M.D.
Eric R. Kandel, M.D.
January 19, 2012
Imagine that you are standing on a busy city street corner and you gather together the first 100 passersby who are precisely 70 years old. “In this randomly...
Paola Dazzan, M.D., Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
Paola Dazzan, M.D.
January 19, 2012
Paola Dazzan, M.D., who leads early psychosis research at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, has pursued the goal of applying neuroimaging to...
Victor and Edith, 1935
Victor and Edith, 1935
January 19, 2012
A daughter supports mental health research to ensure other families don’t have to live through what hers did. Among Janet Larsen’s family mementos, carefully...

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