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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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Garret D. Stuber, PhD.
Garret D. Stuber, PhD.
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Hongjun Song, Ph.D.
July 06, 2011
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11 PARTY! I have been tossing the idea of a fund-raiser for Brain Health Research for several years.  The first time I heard about NARSAD (now the Brain &...
Thomas Neylan, M.D.
Thomas Neylan, M.D.
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With PTSD now at epidemic levels, ABC News features Foundation-funded researcher Thomas Neylan, M.D. of the San Francisco VA Medical Center discussing recent...
Jonathon Robbins
Jonathon Robbins
June 13, 2011
My beautiful son Jonathon committed suicide on April 28th, 2010, after being diagnosed with schizophrenia and depression. He was only 22. I love Jonathon so...

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