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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NARSAD 2010 Klerman and Freedman Prizes
Klerman and Freedman Prizes
September 06, 2010
“We care about people.” This comment was made by NARSAD Scientific Council member Dr. Samuel Keith during the dinner discussion at the NARSAD 2010 Klerman and...
Vincent P. Ferrera, Ph.D.
Vincent P. Ferrera, Ph.D.
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Daniel Laitman, living a productive life with schizophrenia
Daniel Laitman
September 01, 2010
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Annick (left) with younger sister Meggin
Annick and Meggin
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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...

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