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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Kafui Dzirasa, M.D., Ph.D., Expert on schizophrenia research
Kafui Dzirasa, M.D., Ph.D.
January 17, 2014
Congratulations to Kafui Dzirasa, M.D., Ph.D., of Duke University on receiving the 2013 Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Prize for Innovative and Promising Schizophrenia...
Tarek K. Rajji, M.D., expert in schizophrenia research
Tarek K. Rajji, M.D.
January 13, 2014
A team of investigators, funded in part by NARSAD Grants, reports exciting progress in clinical experiments designed to assess neuroplasticity in the frontal...
Tadafumi Kato, M.D., Ph.D., expert on schizophrenia research
Tadafumi Kato, M.D., Ph.D.
January 09, 2014
Scientists have demonstrated that there is a genetic component to schizophrenia, but it has proven difficult to identify which genes are most important to...
Todd Lencz, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Todd Lencz, Ph.D.
January 02, 2014
A research team at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has found a genetic overlap between the risk for developing schizophrenia and for some general...
New research study on autism and schizophrenia presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Annual Meeting
December 17, 2013
It is well established that offspring of older men are at increased risk of developing mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorder (ASD...

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