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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Alan I. Green, M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Alan I. Green, M.D.
November 01, 2010
From The Quarterly, Fall 2010 People with schizophrenia use or abuse alcohol, marijuana and cocaine at three times the rate of the general population; in the...
Christine Phelps  with her parents and sister, Carrie
The Phelps'
November 01, 2010
A family affected by schizophrenia supports NARSAD with the belief that future generations will be better off through the funding of scientific research today...
Xiangning Chen, Ph.D. and Kenneth S. Kendler, M.D.
Drs. Chen and Kendler
November 01, 2010
From The Quarterly, Fall 2010 NARSAD Independent Investigator Xiangning Chen, Ph.D., and others were joined by NARSAD Scientific Council member Kenneth S....
Ming T. Tsuang, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc.
Dr. Tsuang
November 01, 2010
From The Quarterly, Fall 2010 Dr. Ming Tsuang is optimistic. When he surveys the current state of knowledge about the causes of schizophrenia and other serious...
Guy runs across the United States
Guy runs across the United States
October 05, 2010
When February 19, 2011 rolls around, Guy Fessenden will have run 100 marathons (in 140 days) to raise awareness of how widespread and devastating mental...


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