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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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Joan Kaufman, Ph.D.  NARSAD Young Investigator Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Child and Adolescent Research and Education Program, Yale University School of Medicine
Joan Kaufman, Ph.D.
February 01, 2011
From The Quarterly, Winter 2011 A key environmental factor contributing to and highly predictive of psychiatric illness is stress. Children with a history of...
Larry J. Siever, M.D.  Professor of Psychiatry,  Director of the Special Evaluation  Program for Mood and Personality Disorders, and Vice-Chair for VA Affairs,  Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Larry J. Siever, M.D.
February 01, 2011
From The Quarterly, Winter 2011 Personality disorders, while less known about than some other psychiatric conditions, nonetheless pose serious mental health...
Marcia, Sean and Paul Garatt - a family battling schizophrenia, depression and anxiety
The Garatt Family
February 01, 2011
From The Quarterly, Winter 2011 No one knows better than the Garatt family how far research in mental illness has come – and how far it still has to go. Thirty...
Xiangzhong Zheng, Ph.D.
Xiangzhong Zheng, PhD
February 01, 2011
The work of a NARSAD Young Investigator could help cast a new light on how a timing system in our body responsive to the day/night cycle generated by the...
Randy Blakely, Ph.D.
Randy Blakely, Ph.D.
February 01, 2011
With the help of an initial NARSAD Distinguished Investigator grant, Randy Blakely, Ph.D., and a team of researchers at Vanderbilt University and the...

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