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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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Tara Peris, Ph.D. - brain and behavior research expert on obsessive compulsive disorder
Tara Peris, Ph.D.
April 01, 2010
From Breakthroughs, 2010 Kiki Chang, M.D., and Tara Peris, Ph.D., study and treat mental illness in children. In the clinic, Dr. Chang, a NARSAD Independent...
Yuval Neria, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on PTSD
Yuval Neria, Ph.D.
April 01, 2010
From Breakthroughs, 2010 A soldier returns home from battle and commits suicide. A prisoner of war broken under torture suffers humiliation and guilt. The...
Myrna M. Weissman, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on depression
Myrna M. Weissman, Ph.D.
April 01, 2010
From Breakthroughs, 2010 “When we understand populations at risk, periods of risk, all situations of risk,” says three-time NARSAD Distinguished Investigator...
 John S. March, MD, MPH - Brain and behavior expert on anxiety
John S. March, MD, MPH
April 01, 2010
One day it will be possible to look back and say: “The era of trial-and-error treatment of mental illness is a thing of the past.” That day has not yet arrived...
Mary-Claire King, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Mary-Claire King, Ph.D.
April 01, 2010
From Breakthroughs, 2010 The field of schizophrenia genetics is booming. Roughly every other day, a scientific paper is published linking genetic mutations...

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