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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Theodore D. Satterthwaite, M.D. - Brain & Behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Dr. Theodore Satterthwaite
June 23, 2015
In a new brain imaging study that examined people between the ages of 8 and 22, researchers found that network connectivity problems common in adults with...
Michael O'Donovan, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Michael O'Donovan, M.D., Ph.D.
June 16, 2015
Although researchers don't yet have a good picture of what causes schizophrenia, they do know that both genetics and environment play a role. A small minority...
Cynthia S. Weickert, Ph.D., expert in schizophrenia research
Cynthia S. Weickert, Ph.D.
June 09, 2015
The estrogen-related drug raloxifene can improve attention and memory in men and women with schizophrenia, according to a new study published in the journal...
Jonathan Sebat, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on autism
Jonathan Sebat, Ph.D.
June 01, 2015
A segment of the genetic code that is often either missing or overrepresented in people with autism, schizophrenia, and other psychiatric illnesses is needed...
Paul F. Worley, M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Paul F. Worley, M.D.
May 18, 2015
Researchers have found that the protein encoded by a gene linked with cognition (thinking) responds to existing drug compounds. This discovery points to a...

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