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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Dr. Ezra Susser
November 29, 2011
  NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee Ezra Susser, MD, DrPH, has been awarded the 2011 Rema Lapous Award by the APHA (American Public Health Association...
Joel E. Kleinman, M.D., Ph.D.
Joel E. Kleinman, M.D., Ph.D.
November 21, 2011
“My mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia when I was a little boy. She lost custody of us. I was raised by my dad. No one even told me my mother was mentally...
Paola Dazzan, M.Sc. Ph.D. MRCPsych
Paola Dazzan, M.Sc. Ph.D. MRCPsych
November 18, 2011
Groundbreaking research led by Dr. Paola Dazzan, NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee, was recently featured on the BBC prime time show “Newsnight.” This new...
Aaron Beck, M.D.
Aaron Beck, M.D.
November 15, 2011
From The Quarterly, Fall 2011 Recent Foundation-funded research led by NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee Aaron Beck, M.D. at the University of...
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...

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