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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Xiaodong Zhang, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Xiaodong Zhang, Ph.D.
April 13, 2015
Using a mouse model, scientists have found that the steroid pregnenolone sulfate reduces both behavioral and cognitive symptoms like those seen in...
Juan R. Bustillo, M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Juan R. Bustillo, M.D.
April 10, 2015
A new study using brain imaging shows that people with schizophrenia have abnormalities in their white matter that correlate with psychosis, as well as...
Aristotle Voineskos, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Aristotle Voineskos, Ph.D.
April 06, 2015
A new study suggests that the neural networks (connections between brain areas) in people with a particular subtype of schizophrenia differ significantly...
Jacob Vorstman, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Jacob Vorstman, M.D., Ph.D.
March 23, 2015
The single strongest genetic risk factor for schizophrenia identified to date is called “22q11.2 deletion syndrome.” The name refers to a missing piece of DNA...
Vikaas Sohal, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Vikaas Sohal, M.D., Ph.D.
March 20, 2015
The cognitive problems of schizophrenia, which include difficulty planning and carrying out everyday tasks such as grocery shopping, are among the most...

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