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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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August 09, 2011
Contact: Dianne Ackerman  Brain & Behavior Research Foundation FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Dianne Ackerman E-mail: dackerman@bbrfoundation.org Phone: (...
Chadi Calarge, M.D. of the University of Iowa
Chadi Calarge, M.D.
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Bryan Roth, M.D., Ph.D.
Bryan Roth, M.D., Ph.D.
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Scientific Council Member, Bryan L. Roth, M.D., Ph.D., developed a special receptor that was added to serotonin-producing neurons in mice, enabling a powering...
Jeffrey Lieberman, M.D.
Jeffrey Lieberman, MD
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Foundation Scientific Council Member Jeffrey Lieberman, M.D. leads team in recent study using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data to measure the thickness of...
Kristine Yaffe, M.D.
Kristine Yaffe, M.D.
July 19, 2011
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Young Investigator Deborah Barnes, Ph.D., and Independent Investigator Kristine Yaffe, M.D., have concluded that over...

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