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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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....
Vincent A. Magnotta, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Vincent A. Magnotta, Ph.D.
July 06, 2015
A research team has found an association between genetic irregularities and white matter, a feature of brain structure known to be disrupted in schizophrenia....
David C. Glahn, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
David C. Glahn, Ph.D.
June 26, 2015
In the first study of its kind, researchers have found unique brain structure patterns among people with schizophrenia, providing insight into how the...
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...


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