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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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Alexander Neumeister, M.D.
Alexander Neumeister, M.D.
November 01, 2010
Dr. Alexander Neumeister, Department of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, tracks the response of stress on the serotonin system in the brain and...
Ming T. Tsuang, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc.
Dr. Tsuang
November 01, 2010
From The Quarterly, Fall 2010 Dr. Ming Tsuang is optimistic. When he surveys the current state of knowledge about the causes of schizophrenia and other serious...
Donna Morrissey and her son, Michael who lives with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Donna and Michael Morrissey
November 01, 2010
Donna Morrissey invests in brain and behavior research hoping for development of better diagnostic tools for people, like her son, living with mental illness....
Xiangning Chen, Ph.D. and Kenneth S. Kendler, M.D.
Drs. Chen and Kendler
November 01, 2010
From The Quarterly, Fall 2010 NARSAD Independent Investigator Xiangning Chen, Ph.D., and others were joined by NARSAD Scientific Council member Kenneth S....
NARSAD Awards for Six Brilliant Researchers
NARSAD Awards for Six Brilliant Researchers
October 22, 2010
NARSAD has been preparing for its Mental Health Research Symposium in New York City and its ‘Discovery to Recovery’ National Awards Dinner – both next Friday,...


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