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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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Joel E. Kleinman, M.D., Ph.D.
Joel E. Kleinman, M.D., Ph.D.
November 21, 2011
“My mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia when I was a little boy. She lost custody of us. I was raised by my dad. No one even told me my mother was mentally...
Schahram Akbarian, MD, PhD
Schahram Akbarian, MD, PhD
November 21, 2011
Scientific Council Member Schahram Akbarian, MD, PhD and colleagues have conducted key research revealing for the first time how alterations to gene expression...
Paola Dazzan, M.Sc. Ph.D. MRCPsych
Paola Dazzan, M.Sc. Ph.D. MRCPsych
November 18, 2011
Groundbreaking research led by Dr. Paola Dazzan, NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee, was recently featured on the BBC prime time show “Newsnight.” This new...
Aaron Beck, M.D.
Aaron Beck, M.D.
November 15, 2011
Recent Foundation-funded research led by NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee Aaron Beck, M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, demonstrates that a...
Allan T. Gulledge, Ph.D. of Dartmouth Medical School
Allan T. Gulledge, Ph.D.
November 15, 2011
The chemicals that act in the brain act in other parts of the body as well─in the heart, in the respiratory system, in muscles. Drugs that affect brain...

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