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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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Berit Kerner, M.D., UCLA
Berit Kerner, M.D.
August 26, 2011
Many studies point to bipolar disorder as having a very strong genetic base. As with most mental illnesses, it is suspected that a large number of genes are...
Husseini K. Manji, M.D. of Duke University
Husseini K. Manji, M.D.
August 26, 2011
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Scientific Council Member, Dr. Husseini Manji, is one of the leading contemporary explorers of the brain ─ that...
Guy A. Rouleau, M.D., Ph.D., University of Montreal Hospital
Guy A. Rouleau, M.D., Ph.D.
August 26, 2011
Many studies have shown that schizophrenia is a highly heritable disorder; that it is largely triggered by inherited genetic mutations or abnormal changes in...
Stuart, Rebecca, and Harryet Ehrlich, Research Partners
Stuart, Rebecca, and Harryet Ehrlich
August 26, 2011
The Ehrlich family of northern New Jersey and Amelia Versace, M.D., transplant from Verona, Italy to the University of Pittsburgh, share a commitment....
Amy F. T. Arnsten, Ph.D., Yale School of Medicine
Amy F. T. Arnsten, Ph.D.
August 26, 2011
You don’t have to be a neuroscientist to know that certain of our mental faculties decline as we age. Memory is one instance or, in many people, the ability to...

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