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Did you know that schizophrenia affects more than 1 percent of the world's population?

See NARSAD Grants at work on the latest schizophrenia research

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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Daniela Kaufer, Ph.D., expert on depression and PTSD
Daniela Kaufer, Ph.D.
August 21, 2014
From The Quarterly, Summer 2014 For years, psychiatrists and scientists who study the brain have noted that a highly stressful experience or periods of chronic...
Guo-li Ming, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Guo-li Ming, M.D., Ph.D.
August 21, 2014
In important new research, a team that included five past and present recipients of NARSAD Grants recreated human brain cells from skin cells of patients with...
Ming-Hu Han, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on depression
Ming-Hu Han, Ph.D.
August 21, 2014
From The Quarterly, Summer 2014 Can too much of a bad thing lead to a good outcome? In new research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, this...
Denis Jabaudon, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on mental illness
Denis Jabaudon, M.D., Ph.D.
August 19, 2014
There is a growing body of evidence that what happens to us early in life—beginning before birth and continuing into childhood—has important consequences on...
"Ben" Kaye - Recovering from Schizophrenia
Ben Kaye
August 18, 2014
Seared into Randye Kaye’s memory is a terrifying day in 2003 when she rushed 21-year-old Ben to the emergency room of the local hospital near her home in...

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