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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Patrick F. Sullivan, M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on bipolar disorder
Patrick F. Sullivan, M.D.
January 30, 2015
Over the past five years, researchers have begun to find the changes in DNA that increase risk for psychiatric disorders. It turns out there is no shortage of...
Alan Anticevic, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Alan Anticevic, Ph.D.
January 21, 2015
Schizophrenia — a disabling brain disorder characterized by psychosis, including hallucinations and delusions — is viewed by many scientists as resulting, at...
Bonnie L. Firestein, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Bonnie L. Firestein, Ph.D.
January 20, 2015
New research from a team at Rutgers University sheds new light on brain biology and pathology that contributes to schizophrenia. The work was led by Bonnie L....
Fang Liu, M.D., Ph.D., expert in depression research
Fang Liu, M.D., Ph.D
January 08, 2015
Antipsychotic drugs used to treat schizophrenia can have serious side effects called extrapyramidal symptoms. These include tremor, slurred speech, anxiety,...
Bo Li, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Bo Li, Ph.D.
January 07, 2015
People with schizophrenia, for example, often find it difficult to focus their attention on a task or conversation. But now scientists can use new technologies...

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