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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 09, 2011
Joel E. Kleinman, M.D., Ph.D., the Foundation’s 2011 Lieber Prizewinner for Schizophrenia Research, led groundbreaking research which involved, for the first...
Alexander Neumeister, M.D.
Alexander Neumeister, M.D.
November 09, 2011
A team led by NARSAD Independent Investigator Grantee Alexander Neumeister, M.D., has provided evidence of dysfunction in a key brain system linked with the...
Michael S. Fanselow, Ph.D.
Michael S. Fanselow, Ph.D.
November 09, 2011
Michael S. Fanselow, Ph.D., a 2011 NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee and professor of psychology at the University of California at Los Angeles, points...
Allen Zeitlin
Allen Zeitlin
November 09, 2011
Allen Zeitlin is a third year med student at Michigan State University in Grand Rapids, with interests in psychiatry and neurology. This has a lot to do with...
Justin Miller, 17-year-old High School Senior, High School Football Player, Track & Field Runner, Snowboarder, Brother, Son, Friend, Soon-to-be College Student
Justin Miller - Brain $ells
November 08, 2011
I’ve seen the affects of brain disorders and mental illness all around me in my 17 years of life. Over the past 3 years, I’ve lost my 63-year-old grandmother (...

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