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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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Katrina C. Johnson, Ph.D.,clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University.
Katrina C. Johnson, Ph.D.
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Patrick F. Sullivan, M.D., Professor and Director of Psychiatric Genonomics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Autism, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder
Patrick F. Sullivan, M.D.
July 05, 2012
A new study published online in the Archives of General Psychiatry on July 2 found that a family history of schizophrenia and/or bipolar disorder is a risk...
Marco P. Boks, M.D., Ph.D., Rudolf Magnus Institute of Neuroscience, 2009 NARSAD Young Investigator  Grantee, expert on Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia and epigenetics
Marco P. Boks, M.D., Ph.D.
July 03, 2012
Marco P. Boks, M.D., Ph.D., Rudolf Magnus Institute of Neuroscience, 2009 NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee: "Methylation as an Epigenetic Cause of...
David, living with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
David
June 29, 2012
David spent the first half of his life as a sweet, if somewhat hyper, child who enjoyed drawing. The second half he has spent as a struggling and haunted adult...
Zhen Yan, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience at the State University of New York at Buffal,o Stress Expert
Zhen Yan, Ph.D.
June 29, 2012
NARSAD Young and Independent Investigator Grantee Zhen Yan, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience at the State University of New York at Buffalo,...

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