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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Michael O’Donovan, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on Schizophrenia
Michael O’Donovan, M.D., Ph.D.
July 27, 2016
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Jacob Gratten, Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on autism
Jacob Gratten, Ph.D.
July 19, 2016
Children born to older fathers have a higher risk of developing mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorders. Now, a new study suggests...
Alexandre Bonnin, Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior Research expert on autism
Alexandre Bonnin, Ph.D.
July 13, 2016
Most pregnant mothers will go to great lengths to avoid being sick, and science suggests that their concerns may be well founded. Researchers have gained new...
Alan Stewart Brown, M.D., M.P.H., mental health researcher at Columbia University Medical Center
Alan Stewart Brown, M.D., M.P.H.
June 21, 2016
Prenatal exposure to nicotine can raise the odds that a child may develop schizophrenia later in life, according to a new study of Finnish women and children,...
Gerard Clarke, Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior research expert on autism
Gerard Clarke, Ph.D.
June 09, 2016
Researchers have shown for the first time, in mice, that naturally occurring gut bacteria are vital in the process that leads to proper development of the...

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