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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Michael O’Donovan, M.D., Ph.D., expert schizophrenia researcher
Michael O’Donovan, M.D., Ph.D.
November 22, 2014
From The Quarterly, Fall 2014 Results of the largest study ever undertaken to understand the genetics of schizophrenia appeared in the prestigious journal...
Peter Penzes, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Peter Penzes, Ph.D.
November 05, 2014
Two new studies provide insight into “dendritic spines” on neurons and schizophrenia. People with this mental disorder have a lower density of these spines in...
Bret Rutherford, M.D. - Brain & Behavior research expert on bipolar disorder
Bret Rutherford, M.D.
October 23, 2014
The placebo effect is a powerful and well-documented phenomenon: Patients improve because they think they are receiving a medication, yet they are actually...
Jim Gold, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Jim Gold, Ph.D.
October 16, 2014
People with schizophrenia tend to have cognitive impairments related to thinking and learning; these symptoms of the illness have a great impact on social...

World Mental Health Day
October 10, 2014
Today is World Mental Health Day! The World Health Organization (WHO) designated this year's theme "Living with Schizophrenia." World Mental Health Day is...

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