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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Jennifer Gottlieb, Ph.D., NARSAD YI, Dartmouth Medical School
Jennifer Gottlieb, Ph.D.
November 15, 2011
From The Quarterly, Fall 2011 Upwards of half of people taking antipsychotic medications continue to have some symptoms of psychosis. Cognitive behavioral...
Pablo Gejman, M.D.
Pablo Gejman, M.D.
November 15, 2011
From The Quarterly, Fall 2011 Genome-wide association studies (GWAS), begun in 2005 as a coordinated international effort to search for genes associated with...
Stephen Maguire
Stephen Maguire
November 15, 2011
Overcoming the challenge of living with symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder – a mix seen more often in men From The Quarterly, Fall 2011 Stephen...
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...

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