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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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Grigori Enikolopov, Ph.D.
Grigori Enikolopov, Ph.D.
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Catherine Zata Jones
Catherine Zata Jones
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I stand with the 1 in 4 people diagnosed with a mental illness in thanking Catherine Zeta-Jones for the gift she gave to the world. Ms. Zeta-Jones’ disclosure...
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
April 15, 2011
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April 12, 2011
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Bryan L. Roth, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Bryan L. Roth, M.D., Ph.D.
April 11, 2011
“What’s most hopeful about our field today is the fact that we have the technologies in hand that will get the answers to mental illness in ways never before...

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