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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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Helen S. Mayberg, M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on depression
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Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D., Expert on brain and behavior research, depression research, optogenetics and clarity
Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D.
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Nandakumar S. Narayanan, M.D., Ph.D.
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Sarah Bergen, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Sarah Bergen, Ph.D.
April 30, 2014
People with schizophrenia differ greatly in their clinical symptoms. 2012 NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee Sarah Bergen, Ph.D., of Karolinska Institutet, led...
Jay N. Giedd, M.D., expert researcher on the teen brain and schizophrenia
Jay N. Giedd, M.D.
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The interaction between genes and the environment have long been known to influence the brain and behavior. The cerebral cortex, the most highly evolved human...

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