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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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Carrie Bearden, Ph.D., 2003/2005 NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Psychology, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
Carrie Bearden, Ph.D
February 15, 2012
I was very pleased to read Dr. Adrian Preda’s recent blog posting focused on ‘exercising the brain’. I have become increasingly excited about the potential for...
Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D., Columbia University Medical Center
Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D.
February 07, 2012
Scientific Council Member, Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D. of Columbia University Medical Center presents an overview of the current state of mental healthcare,...
February 02, 2012
  “THE TEENAGE MIND: WHAT EVERY PARENT NEEDS TO KNOW”Presented by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundationin partnership with Sage Hill School     CONTACT...
Katrina C. Johnson, Ph.D. Emory University - Using Infant Brain Activity to Better Understand Bipolar Disorder
Katrina C. Johnson, Ph.D
February 01, 2012
NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee Katrina C. Johnson, Ph.D. presented the ‘Taking Strides Against Mental Illness’ Lecture in October at the Brain &...

January 31, 2012
From establishing early intervention techniques and working toward diagnostic tools, to proving the effectiveness of next generation therapies, to advancing...

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