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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Maria Karayiorgou, M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Maria Karayiorgou, M.D.
May 30, 2014
Rare genetic mutations known as “loss-of-function” mutations, because they lead to severe disruption in a gene’s functioning, are thought to play an important...
Sandra and Emerson Hart, Professional Actress from "Romper Room" and Grammy-Nominated Singer/Songwriter, Lead Singer of Tonic
Sandra and Emerson Hart
May 27, 2014
Emerson Hart is a singer-songwriter. In the 1990s, he co-founded the Grammy-nominated rock band Tonic and, as the lead singer, has written hit songs for the...
Holly Moore, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Holly Moore, Ph.D.
May 19, 2014
Transplanting young neurons into an adult mouse brain can temper brain hyperactivity relevant to schizophrenia, reports a study co-led by former NARSAD Young...
Alan Anticevic, Ph.D., Expert on Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder
Alan Anticevic, Ph.D.
May 08, 2014
Using new technologies to investigate brain activity in patients with schizophrenia, researchers at Yale University School of Medicine, led by 2012 NARSAD...
Sarah Bergen, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Sarah Bergen, Ph.D.
April 30, 2014
People with schizophrenia differ greatly in their clinical symptoms. 2012 NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee Sarah Bergen, Ph.D., of Karolinska Institutet, led...

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