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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Gerome Breen, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Gerome Breen, Ph.D.
January 30, 2015
Over the past five years, researchers have begun to find the changes in DNA that increase risk for psychiatric disorders. It turns out there is no shortage of...
Patrick F. Sullivan, M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Patrick F. Sullivan, M.D.
January 22, 2015
Bringing Scientists Together to Solve the Mystery of Schizophrenia’s Causation From The Quarterly, Winter 2015 As a psychiatric geneticist, Dr. Sullivan works...
Anissa Abi-Dargham, M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Anissa Abi-Dargham, M.D.
January 22, 2015
From The Quarterly, Winter 2015 For the first time, researchers have shown in a clinical trial that a chemical called a D1 agonist can reduce “working memory”...
Alexander Urban, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Alexander Urban, Ph.D.
January 22, 2015
Foundation Support Helps Develop a Stunning New Technology From The Quarterly, Winter 2015 Imagine if it were possible to observe in real time the biological...
Alan Anticevic, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Alan Anticevic, Ph.D.
January 21, 2015
Schizophrenia — a disabling brain disorder characterized by psychosis, including hallucinations and delusions — is viewed by many scientists as resulting, at...


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