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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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Dennis S. Charney, M.D., Expert on Anxiety and Resiliency
Dennis S. Charney, M.D.
March 01, 2013
From The Quarterly, Winter 2013 “I’m a big believer in mothers.” This is Dr. Dennis Charney speaking, and it is a remark that both charms and disarms the...
NARSAD Grantee Jordan Smoller, M.D., Sc.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, Expert on Schizophrenia, Depression, Anxiety, Autism
Jordan Smoller, M.D., Sc.D.,
March 01, 2013
Many NARSAD Grantees and Scientific Council Members of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation are among hundreds of researchers seeing the fruits of a...
Marina Picciotto, Ph.D., Charles B. G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Neurobiology and Pharmacology at Duke University School of Medicine and Expert on Depression
Marina Picciotto, Ph.D.
February 28, 2013
A research team at Yale University, including Brain & Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Grantee and senior author Marina Picciotto, Ph.D., discovered a...
Debra Titone, Ph.D. at McGill University, Expert on schizophrenia and schizophrenia warning signs
Debra Titone, Ph.D.
February 25, 2013
A recent study, led in part by NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee Debra Titone, Ph.D. at McGill University, indicates that patients with schizophrenia are...
NARSAD Grantee Scott Russo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York and Expert on Depression
Scott Russo, Ph.D.
February 22, 2013
NARSAD Grantee Scott Russo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, and a team of researchers...

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