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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Sohee Park, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Sohee Park, Ph.D.
August 26, 2015
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), an affordable and portable way to stimulate the brain, can help induce normal neural activity and make thought...
Godfrey D. Pearlson, M.D. - brain & behavior research expert on bipolar disorder
Godfrey D. Pearlson, M.D.
July 31, 2015
Researchers have identified several sets of genes linked with abnormal brainwave patterns in people with schizophrenia and psychotic bipolar disorder (PBD)....
Marc G. Caron, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Marc G. Caron, Ph.D.
July 20, 2015
Two new small-molecule compounds tested in mice can alleviate some symptoms of schizophrenia-like behaviors, including movement abnormalities, social avoidance...
Kenneth Kendler, M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Kenneth Kendler, M.D.
July 15, 2015
A new trio of population-based studies suggests that tobacco use may actually increase one's risk for developing schizophrenia, and that higher rates of...
Joseph A. Gogos, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Joseph A. Gogos, M.D., Ph.D.
July 07, 2015
No single gene mutation causes schizophrenia, but a growing number of genetic variations are now known to increase a person's risk of developing the disorder....


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