Schizophrenia

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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Britta Hahn, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior mental health expert on schizophrenia research
Britta Hahn, Ph.D.
February 22, 2017
People with schizophrenia show poor performance in a range of cognitive functions, and previous brain imaging studies have identified various abnormalities...
Jimmy Choi, Psy.D. - Brain & behavior mental health expert on schizophrenia research
Jimmy Choi, Psy.D.
February 15, 2017
Problems with mental processing speed are common among people at high risk for psychosis, and are thought to be related to broader deficits in social...
Peter F. Buckley, M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Peter F. Buckley, M.D.
February 14, 2017
A 2015 study comparing schizophrenia patients who received oral or injectable antipsychotic medications found no difference in relapse rates between the groups...
Ragy R. Girgis, M.D. - Brain & behavior expert on schizophrenia research
Ragy R. Girgis, M.D.
February 08, 2017
Insomnia is a common complaint among people who go on to develop schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders, as well among people who are considered at high...
Larry J. Seidman, Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on Schizophrenia Research
Larry J. Seidman, Ph.D.
January 30, 2017
An authoritative new study finds that cognitive problems experienced by people with schizophrenia, such as problems with attention and memory, are present in...

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