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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Heather de Rivera/McCarroll Lab/Harvard, via Associated Press/via the New York Times
January 28, 2016
Exciting news reported today in Nature and featured in the New York Times points to one of the likely causes (among others) of schizophrenia in some people:...
Dan Rujescu, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on Schizophrenia
Dan Rujescu, M.D., Ph.D.
January 11, 2016
The malfunction of neurotransmitter docking ports called NMDA receptors may contribute to schizophrenia in some cases. By chemically blocking these receptors...
Alan Anticevic, Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on schizophrenia
Alan Anticevic, Ph.D.
December 01, 2015
Communication problems in the brain that are associated with schizophrenia are present prior to diagnosis, according to a new study in which researchers...
Cameron Carter, M.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on Schizophrenia
Cameron Carter, M.D.
November 20, 2015
Researchers have used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to gain new insights into the changes in memory and brain function associated with...
Michael O’Donovan, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on Schizophrenia
Dr. Michael O’Donovan
November 06, 2015
Scientists who comprehensively analyzed patient data to test two different models for how schizophrenia might arise have concluded it is caused by multiple...

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