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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Guo-li Ming, M.D., Ph.D.
Guo-li Ming, M.D., Ph.D.
March 29, 2012
In findings recently published in Cell, 2010 NARSAD Independent Investigator Grantee, Guo-li Ming, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues at Johns Hopkins University...
Matthew M. Kurtz, PhD NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee Wesleyan University, Schizophrenia
Matthew M. Kurtz, PhD
March 21, 2012
We know that there are large differences in outcome between people with schizophrenia, and there is evidence that these differences may be related to...
Sophia Vinogradov, M.D.
Sophia Vinogradov, M.D.
March 20, 2012
A hallmark symptom of schizophrenia is difficulty in distinguishing external reality from internal experiences. Whether or not this impairment is irreversible...
Neil Barber, lives with schizophrenia
Neil Barber
March 20, 2012
The summer before Neil Barber’s junior year in high school, he and three of his buddies decided to experiment with marijuana. Neil’s dad, Greg, recalls the...
Sophia Vinogradov, M.D.
Sophia Vinogradov, M.D.
March 19, 2012
“Back to Reality: Computerized Cognitive Training Lends a Hand to Schizophrenia” reads the post on the Schizophrenia Research Forum (SRF). The post refers to...

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