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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Drs. Raquel and Ruben Gur, Autism and Schizophrenia research experts
Drs. Raquel and Ruben Gur
December 12, 2013
A recent study at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine found significant differences between how male and female brains are hardwired....
Christian Hammer, Ph.D. Expert in Schizophrenia Research
Christian Hammer, Ph.D.
December 02, 2013
A team of researchers that includes NARSAD 2012 Young Investigator Grantee, Christian Hammer, Ph.D., of Germany’s Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine...
Michael Owen, M.D., Ph.D., Expert in schizophrenia research
Michael Owen, M.D., Ph.D.
November 22, 2013
While scientists sift through human DNA to find genes that increase risk for psychiatric illnesses, they occasionally run across something that seems to...
Marc G. Caron, Ph.D., Expert on Schizophrenia Research
Marc G. Caron, Ph.D.
October 25, 2013
Congratulations to Marc G. Caron, Ph.D., of Duke University Medical Center on receiving the 2013 Lieber Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Schizophrenia...
Donel M. Martin, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Donel M. Martin, Ph.D.
October 24, 2013
A team of doctors and scientists in Australia, three of whom have been supported by Foundation NARSAD Grants, have concluded the most thorough test to date of...

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