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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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Drs. Terrie Moffit and Avshalom Caspi accept their 2010 NARSAD Ruane Prize from NARSAD Scientific Council President, Dr. Herbert Pardes
Drs. Terrie Moffit and Avshalom Caspi accept their 2010 NARSAD Ruane Prize from NARSAD Scientific Council President, Dr. Herbert Pardes
November 23, 2010
Drs. Terrie Moffitt and Avshalom Caspi from Duke University and King’s College London, were honored with the 2010 Ruane Prize for Outstanding Achievement in...
Marina Picciotto PhD
Marina Picciotto PhD
November 22, 2010
Combining Two Types of Antidepressants Produces Stronger Effect; Mouse Study May Help Patients for Whom Existing Antidepressants Are Not Effective When it...
Dr. Malenka at the 2010 NARSAD National Awards Dinner
Dr. Malenka at the 2010 NARSAD National Awards Dinner
November 19, 2010
On October 29, 2010, NARSAD awarded six distinguished scientists for their Outstanding Achievements in mental health research. Dr. Robert C. Malenka from...
NARSAD National Awards Dinner, Symposium, and Scientists’ Dinner
NARSAD National Awards Dinner, Symposium, and Scientists’ Dinner
November 02, 2010
On October 28 and 29, NARSAD hosted three very exciting and important events in the mental health community. First, Thursday night was the 2010 Scientists’...
John B. Vincent, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on autism
John B. Vincent, Ph.D.
November 01, 2010
From The Quarterly, Fall 2010 New findings by a NARSAD Independent Investigator and his colleagues provide important new clues that may help account for one of...

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