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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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...
Howard Trachtman
Howard Trachtman
October 10, 2011
Howard Trachtman can serve as a role model to us all. He lives to tell the tale of an incredible journey of recovery from schizoaffective disorder. Finding...
Amanda J. Law, Ph.D.
Amanda J. Law, Ph.D.
October 10, 2011
Amanda J. Law, PhD, 2011 Sidney R. Baer Jr. Prizewinner for Innovative Schizophrenia Research, has made ground-breaking contributions to our understanding of...
Aaron T. Beck, M.D.
Aaron T. Beck, M.D.
October 06, 2011
Dr. Aaron T. Beck, Foundation Distinguished Investigator, invented cognitive behavioral therapy decades ago and now demonstrates that it can successfully treat...
Z. Josh Huang, Ph.D.
Z. Josh Huang, Ph.D.
October 03, 2011
Z. Josh Huang, Ph.D. and colleagues spent portions of the last five years developing a toolkit to identify and track a highly specific, vital group of brain...

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