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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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Karen Dineen Wagner, M.D., Ph.D., Marie B. Gale Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. An internationally recognized expert in the treatment of childhood mood disorders
Dr. Karen Dineen Wagner
December 03, 2012
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Robin M. Murray, M.D., D.Sc. of King's College in London, expert on schizophrenia
Dr. Robin M. Murray
November 30, 2012
NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantees Robin M. Murray, M.D., D.Sc. and Philip McGuire, M.D., Ph.D., both professors at King's College Institute of...
Alice Medalia, Ph.D., Professor of Clinical Psychiatry Director of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Columbia University Medical Center
Alice Medalia, Ph.D.
November 29, 2012
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Irving Gottesman, Ph.D., 2008 recipient of the Foundation's Lieber Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Schizophrenia Research, 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Psychology at the University of Louisville, expert on schizophrenia
Irving Gottesman, Ph.D.
November 29, 2012
Irving Gottesman, Ph.D., the 2008 recipient of the Foundation's Lieber Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Schizophrenia Research, has been named the...
The Honorable Judge Steven Leifman, Miami-Dade County Court Criminal Division
Judge Steven Leifman
November 28, 2012
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