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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William T. Carpenter, Jr., M.D., Expert on Schizophrenia
William T. Carpenter, Jr., M.D.
October 23, 2013
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) awarded the 2013 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health to founding Brain & Behavior Research...
Joseph T. Coyle, M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Joseph T. Coyle, M.D.
October 22, 2013
From The Quarterly, Fall 2013 Recent research at McLean Hospital and Harvard University Medical School shows a very promising possibility for the future...
Robert W. Buchanan, M.D., Expert on schizophrenia research
Robert W. Buchanan, M.D.
October 22, 2013
On October 21st The Baltimore Sun reported that Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Scientific Council Member Robert W. Buchanan, M.D., will direct a new...
David J. Foster, Ph.D. of Johns Hopkins University, Expert in Schizophrenia Research
David J. Foster, Ph.D.
October 21, 2013
One of the symptoms seen in patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder is disordered thinking. Co-lead authors Junghyup Suh and NARSAD Grantee, David J....
Roman Kotov, Ph.D., 2009 NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee, of Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York, Expert in schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and bipolar disorder and depression
Roman Kotov, Ph.D.
October 08, 2013
Losing touch with reality occurs in several brain and behavior disorders, including schizophrenia, mood disorders (bipolar disorder or depression) with...

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