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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Daniel Mathalon, M.D., Ph.D., Schizophrenia expert researcher from UCSF
Daniel Mathalon, M.D., Ph.D.
March 17, 2014
The clinical symptoms currently used to predict a patient’s risk of future psychosis fail two-thirds of the time. Only one-in-three people identified by...
Patrick F. Sullivan, M.D., Expert on schizohrenia research
Patrick F. Sullivan, M.D.
March 10, 2014
Working memory allows us to keep multiple things in mind that we need while performing a task. This kind of temporary repository helps us through all sorts of...
P. Jeffrey Conn, Ph.D., expert on schizophrenia research
P. Jeffrey Conn, Ph.D.
March 07, 2014
Led by two-time NARSAD Grantee, P. Jeffrey Conn, Ph.D., Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery, scientists from The Scripps Research...
John Atherton - schizophrenia
John Atherton
March 05, 2014
A mother beams as her son, lives with Asperger's syndrome and schizophrenia, courageously lives his dream to become an inventor From The Quarterly, Winter 2014...
Marc G. Caron, Ph.D. - brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Marc G. Caron, Ph.D.
March 05, 2014
From The Quarterly, Winter 2014 The symptoms of schizophrenia have been managed for the past half-century through the use of antipsychotics, but the...

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