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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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Stephen Glatt, Ph.D.
Stephen Glatt, Ph.D.
October 01, 2010
Stephen Glatt, Ph.D., NARSAD 2009 Young Investigator and 2010 Baer Prize for Schizophrenia Researcher Winner Dr. Stephen Glatt of SUNY Upstate Medical...
Avshalom Caspi, Ph.D. and Dr. Terrie Moffitt
Drs. Caspi and Moffitt
October 01, 2010
Dr. Avshalom Caspi uses the tools of psychology, epidemiology and neuroscience in his research, and has made significant contributions to understanding the...

September 30, 2010
One summer after college I worked at a day camp for elementary school-age children. I was teaching the kindergarten and first grade students. Although more...
Research for Better Lives
Research for Better Lives
September 23, 2010
I’ve been working at The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (formally NARSAD) for just over a month and am continuously learning how brain scientists are...
Ian Cook, MD, UCLA
Ian Cook, MD
September 16, 2010
Brain research with the goal of discovering better treatments and cures for mental health disorders is a significant undertaking. Each disorder has different...

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