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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Robert Freedman, M.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on Schizophrenia
Robert Freedman, M.D.
May 01, 2016
From The Quarterly, May 2016 At what point do the fruits of basic research—the hard-won bits and pieces of knowledge about brain function that the Foundation’s...
Kenneth S. Kendler, M.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on Schizophrenia
Kenneth S. Kendler, M.D.
April 29, 2016
Poor cognitive performance has long been considered a risk factor for schizophrenia. A new study refines this idea by showing that it is actually a person's...
Conor Liston, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior Research expert on schizophrenia
Conor Liston, M.D., Ph.D.
April 12, 2016
Anhedonia, or the inability to feel pleasure or enjoyment, is a key symptom in several mental illnesses including major depression and schizophrenia. This...
Christoph Kellendonk, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on mental illness
Christoph Kellendonk, Ph.D.
April 05, 2016
Researchers are investigating the possibility that infections during pregnancy increase the likelihood that the fetus will develop into a person who will have...
Guy Rouleau, M.D., Ph.D - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Guy Rouleau, M.D., Ph.D
March 21, 2016
Spontaneous (non-inherited) DNA mutations likely play a role in the development of childhood-onset schizophrenia (COS), according to new research. In a study...

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