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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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...
Laitman Family
Laitman Family
January 18, 2012
Five years ago my son Daniel was diagnosed with schizophrenia and our lives were turned upside down. He was just starting his sophomore year of high school...

January 18, 2012
An Impressive Year of Progress: from establishing early intervention techniques and working toward diagnostic tools, to proving the effectiveness of next...
Dolores Emory Donor, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
Dolores and Todd
January 11, 2012
This is a true story about what happened to a family when mental illness struck one of its children.My son Todd Christopher O’Connell was born April 18, 1965....
Ezra Susser , M.D., Dr.P.H. of Columbia University
Ezra Susser , M.D., Dr.P.H.
January 06, 2012
NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee Ezra Susser , M.D., Dr.P.H. and colleagues at Columbia University have discovered that there is an increased risk for...

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