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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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Daniel Mathalon, M.D., Ph.D., Schizophrenia expert researcher from UCSF
Daniel Mathalon, M.D., Ph.D.
March 17, 2014
The clinical symptoms currently used to predict a patient’s risk of future psychosis fail two-thirds of the time. Only one-in-three people identified by...
Carlos A. Zarate, Jr., M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on depression
Carlos A. Zarate, Jr., M.D.
March 13, 2014
Interview with a Researcher: Getting Patients Better, Quicker Why do we have to wait six to 12 weeks for an antidepressant medication to kick in, while...
Joseph Biederman, M.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on adhd
Joseph Biederman, M.D.
March 12, 2014
2002 NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee Joseph Biederman, M.D., collaborated in a study that may help to explain the dramatic spike, estimated at up to...
Stephen A. Lieber, Chairman of the Board of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
Stephen A. Lieber
March 11, 2014
Dear Foundation Supporter, I am writing to share with you major research accomplishments in the effort to overcome mental illness. We hope you will join our...
Patrick F. Sullivan, M.D., Expert on schizohrenia research
Patrick F. Sullivan, M.D.
March 10, 2014
Working memory allows us to keep multiple things in mind that we need while performing a task. This kind of temporary repository helps us through all sorts of...

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