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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Stephen Maguire
Stephen Maguire
November 15, 2011
Stephen Maguire, a doctoral student in mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, began noticing a while back that sometimes on his way...
Joel E. Kleinman, M.D., Ph.D.
Joel E. Kleinman, M.D., Ph.D.
November 09, 2011
Joel E. Kleinman, M.D., Ph.D., the Foundation’s 2011 Lieber Prizewinner for Schizophrenia Research, led groundbreaking research which involved, for the first...
Fred H. Gage, Ph.D.
Fred H. Gage, Ph.D.
November 03, 2011
Led by Fred H. Gage, Ph.D., investigators are carefully investigating these newly formed brain cells to learn what can go awry in brain development to cause...

October 24, 2011
A team including NARSAD Grantees at the Yale School of Medicine (Arie Kaffman, MD, PhD; Michael J. Meaney, PhD; and Ronald S. Duman, PhD) have discovered that...
The Laitman Family - Daniel (left) lives a productive life with schizophrenia
The Laitmans
October 18, 2011
Five years ago this month our son Daniel was diagnosed with schizophrenia and our lives were turned upside down. He was just starting his sophomore year of...

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