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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Amy F. T. Arnsten, Ph.D., Yale School of Medicine
Amy F. T. Arnsten, Ph.D.
August 26, 2011
From The Quarterly, Summer 2011 You don’t have to be a neuroscientist to know that certain of our mental faculties decline as we age. Memory is one instance or...
Jeffrey Lieberman, M.D.
Jeffrey Lieberman, MD
July 26, 2011
Foundation Scientific Council Member Jeffrey Lieberman, M.D. leads team in recent study using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data to measure the thickness of...
Dr. Guy A. Rouleau
Dr. Guy A. Rouleau
July 11, 2011
Guy A. Rouleau, M.D., Ph.D., Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Distinguished Investigator and colleagues, have discovered the presence of genetic...
Jonathon Robbins
Jonathon Robbins
June 13, 2011
My beautiful son Jonathon committed suicide on April 28th, 2010, after being diagnosed with schizophrenia and depression. He was only 22. I love Jonathon so...
Sohee Park, Ph.D.
Sohee Park, Ph.D.
May 26, 2011
Foundation Grantee Sohee Park, Ph.D., and colleagues at Vanderbilt University have discovered that impairments in a brain area involved in perception of social...

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