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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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Ariel V. Deutch, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology Director, National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence Vanderbilt University Medical Center Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Scientific Council Member 1997 NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee, Expert on Schizophrenia
Ariel V. Deutch, Ph.D.
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Edi Guyton - On CNN with Helen Mayberg and Paul Holtzheimer - using deep brain stimulation to treat depression
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Robert Malenka, M.D., Ph.D.
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Robert Malenka, M.D., Ph.D.
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“Psychiatrists don’t treat diseases. They treat symptoms.” This observation by Dr. Robert Malenka reflects the lack of diagnostic tools and biologically-based...

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