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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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Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
December 30, 2011
“What we’re interested in now is intervening early with family intervention, family-focused therapy, to try to determine if we can stave off the onset of the...
New York Times
New York Times
December 29, 2011
On the front page of Monday’s NY Times, Amy Harmon introduces Jack Robison and Kirsten Lindsmith, two young adults diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a brain...
Huda Akil, Ph.D. of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Huda Akil, Ph.D.
December 27, 2011
Huda Akil, Ph.D. of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Robert C. Malenka, Ph.D., M.D. of Stanford University School of Medicine join nine other...
James C. McPartland, Ph.D. of Yale University
James McPartland, Ph.D.
December 23, 2011
NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee James C. McPartland, Ph.D. and colleagues at Yale University have conducted recent studies on Autism and the ability to...
Daniel S. Pine, MD
Daniel S. Pine, MD
December 21, 2011
“As we understand the way in which the brain goes awry, we can be very hopeful that we’re going to discover new ways to treat brain diseases and understand...

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