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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Gerard Clarke, Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior research expert on autism
Gerard Clarke, Ph.D.
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Joram Feldon, D.Phil. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on Schizophrenia
Joram Feldon, D.Phil.
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Emory University, and including 1999 NARSAD Independent Investigator Mark Hyman Rapaport, M.D. of Emory University, 1999 NARSAD Independent Investigator Grantee
Mark Hyman Rapaport, M.D.
May 16, 2016
In an analysis of the results of 114 prior studies, scientists have found that some people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder...
Amanda J. Law, Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on Schizophrenia
Amanda J. Law, Ph.D.
May 05, 2016
Researchers have developed a new model for studying schizophrenia by genetically engineering mice that produce high levels of a human protein, NRG1-IV, in the...
Jeffrey R. Bishop, Pharm.D., M.S. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on Schizophrenia
Dr. Jeffrey R. Bishop
May 02, 2016
People's genes may determine how they respond to medications for psychosis. In a new study published February 23, 2016 in Translational Psychiatry, researchers...

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