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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Annick (left) with younger sister Meggin
Annick and Meggin
August 01, 2010
A woman with schizophrenia whose misfortune and talent motivated her entire family to act From The Quarterly, Summer 2010 Annick Hollister makes art as bright...
Cameron S. Carter, M.D.
Cameron S. Carter, M.D.
April 10, 2010
From The Quarterly, Fall 2010 The key to a better quality of life for people with schizophrenia lies in finding effective therapies for reducing the cognitive...
Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D., Columbia University Medical Center
Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D.
April 10, 2010
From The Quarterly, Fall 2010 A major focus in current biomedical research, including mental illness research, is the search to understand the disrupted...
Aaron Beck, M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Aaron Beck, M.D.
April 01, 2010
“The great thrill,” Beck recently confided, “has been in showing that an individual’s beliefs, attitudes and expectations play a far more important role in the...
Mary-Claire King, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Mary-Claire King, Ph.D.
April 01, 2010
From Breakthroughs, 2010 The field of schizophrenia genetics is booming. Roughly every other day, a scientific paper is published linking genetic mutations...

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