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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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Alan Anticevic, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Alan Anticevic, Ph.D.
September 02, 2014
Once someone becomes ill with schizophrenia, does the brain remain in a steady state, processing information in the same way? Or, does it change over the...
Michael S. Fanselow, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior expert on ptsd
Michael S. Fanselow, Ph.D.
August 29, 2014
It is well-known that the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are precipitated by traumatic events or highly stressful experiences, including...
Melanie Föcking, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Melanie Föcking, Ph.D.
August 27, 2014
In the brain’s communication system, nerve cells transmit messages across the synapse, the minute gap between cells. On the receiving end, the postsynaptic...
Patricio O’Donnell, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Patricio O’Donnell, M.D., Ph.D.
August 25, 2014
According to a study published online August 14th in the journal Neuron, it may be possible to head off schizophrenia, in some cases, with antioxidants. The...
Bradley S. Peterson, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on autism
Bradley S. Peterson, M.D., Ph.D.
August 22, 2014
In research published online Thursday, August 21st in Neuron, a team of researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), including 2010 NARSAD...

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