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Did you know that schizophrenia affects more than 1 percent of the world's population?

See NARSAD Grants at work on the latest schizophrenia research

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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Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
January 03, 2011
NARSAD Independent Investigator Andrew McIntosh, in the culmination of 10 years of work, finds that the brains of people who later develop schizophrenia suffer...
The Laitmans
Team Daniel
January 01, 2011
We met Daniel Laitman and his parents Ann and Rob in the September 2010 issue of eNews from NARSAD. Daniel is 19 and lives with schizophrenia. [Update: Support...
Stephanie Bissiere, Ph.D.
Stephanie Bissiere, Ph.D.
January 01, 2011
Earlier this month Stephanie Bissiere, Ph.D., and a team of researchers at UCLA successfully made a "long-shot" discovery about the behavioral relevance for...
Volunteers promoted screenings for depression recently at the Student Activities Center.
Volunteers promoted screenings for depression recently at the Student Activities Center.
December 23, 2010
Link Between Depression and Inflammatory Response Found in Mice: New Treatments for Mood Disorders? Vanderbilt University researchers may have found a clue to...
The Jingle Bell Blues
The Jingle Bell Blues
December 21, 2010
Ah, the holidays are upon us. We all know what this means – incessant holiday music on your favorite light-rock radio station (beginning before Thanksgiving...

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