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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Jonathan Javitch, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Jonathan Javitch
February 01, 2011
Expressed widely throughout the brain, dopamine is a message-carrying molecule called a neurotransmitter, which is involved in a number of regulatory processes...
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
January 03, 2011
NARSAD Independent Investigator Andrew McIntosh, in the culmination of 10 years of work, finds that the brains of people who later develop schizophrenia suffer...
The Laitmans
Team Daniel
January 01, 2011
We met Daniel Laitman and his parents Ann and Rob in the September 2010 issue of eNews from NARSAD. Daniel is 19 and lives with schizophrenia. [Update: Support...
Dr. Stephen Glatt, SUNY Upstate
Dr. Stephen Glatt, SUNY Upstate
December 13, 2010
Dr. Stephen Glatt, of the State University of New York, Upstate Medical Center (SUNY Upstate) was awarded the Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Prize for Innovative...
Dr. Ming T. Tsuang of the University of California at San Diego
Dr. Ming T. Tsuang of the University of California at San Diego
December 02, 2010
NARSAD once again recognizes a world-class leader in research in support of the organization’s mission and commitment to alleviate the suffering of mental...


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