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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John Atherton - schizophrenia
John Atherton
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Marc G. Caron, Ph.D. - brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Marc G. Caron, Ph.D.
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Kafui Dzirasa, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Kafui Dzirasa, M.D., Ph.D.
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Christoph Kellendonk, Ph.D., expert on schizophrenia research
Christoph Kellendonk, Ph.D.
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Mary-Claire King, Ph.D., world-renowned geneticist and schizophrenia researcher
Mary-Claire King, Ph.D.
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A World-Renowned Breast Cancer Geneticist Tackles the Genetics of Serious Mental Illness From The Quarterly, Spring 2014 In 2006, Mary-Claire King, Ph.D., one...

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