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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Jonathan Sebat, Ph.D.
Jonathan Sebat, Ph.D.
March 01, 2011
A recent breakthrough in schizophrenia research by NARSAD Independent Investigator Jonathan Sebat, Ph.D., is advancing the search for better treatments for...
Upcoming Conference: “Advancing Drug Discovery for Schizophrenia”
Upcoming Conference: “Advancing Drug Discovery for Schizophrenia”
February 17, 2011
The New York Academy of Sciences will host a conference in New York City March 9-11 on advancing treatments for schizophrenia featuring many members of the...
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Check out BBRF Newsfeed
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Covered Bridge, 16" x 20" Oil Painting, by Anna Garber
Covered Bridge by Anna Garber
February 10, 2011
Her sister writes: “Anna suffered from mental illness for many years – schizophrenia in particular. Painting proved to be an emotional release and provided her...
Young Investigators
Young Investigators
February 07, 2011
In January NARSAD announced grant awards to 214 new Young Investigators. Totaling $12.6 million, these grants are part of the continued investment NARSAD makes...

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