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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Anju Vasudevan, Ph.D., Brain Research Expert and Schizophrenia Expert
Anju Vasudevan, Ph.D.
September 10, 2013
In the continuing search for glitches in brain development that may give rise later on to serious illnesses such as schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorder (...
Patrick Sullivan, M.D.
Patrick Sullivan, M.D.
August 30, 2013
Momentum is building in the largest experiment ever in schizophrenia research: 13 more regions in the human gene code, or genome, have been identified as being...
Alan Anticevic, Ph.D., Expert on Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder
Alan Anticevic, Ph.D.
August 26, 2013
Alan Anticevic, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, used his NARSAD Young Investigator Grant to pursue a project examining...
Albert H.C. Wong, M.D., Ph.D., Expert on schizophrenia
Albert Wong, M.D., Ph.D.
August 21, 2013
Researchers are devoting increasing attention to the possible effects of the immune system in the causation of brain and behavior disorders. Among them is a...
Paola Dazzan, M.Sc., Ph.D., MRCPsych, of Kings College London, Expert in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder research
Dr. Paola Dazzan
August 20, 2013
Using structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), researchers found that the folding patterns in the brain could act as “markers,” or biological predictors,...

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