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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Philip K. McGuire, M.D., Ph.D., MRCPsych - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Philip K. McGuire, M.D., Ph.D.
September 10, 2014
Schizophrenia is commonly diagnosed after what is called a psychotic break in an individual, but this frightening disconnection from reality is usually...
Mary-Claire King, Ph.D., expert on schizophrenia research
Mary-Claire King, Ph.D.
September 08, 2014
The New York Times reports that Mary-Claire King, Ph.D., of the University of Washington in Seattle, is one of five scientists to win this year’s Lasker Awards...
Steffen Moritz, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Steffen Moritz, Ph.D.
September 04, 2014
Patients with schizophrenia who take antipsychotic medications often find that many of their symptoms remain troubling, so researchers are on the hunt for...
Alan Anticevic, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Alan Anticevic, Ph.D.
September 02, 2014
Once someone becomes ill with schizophrenia, does the brain remain in a steady state, processing information in the same way? Or, does it change over the...
Melanie Föcking, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Melanie Föcking, Ph.D.
August 27, 2014
In the brain’s communication system, nerve cells transmit messages across the synapse, the minute gap between cells. On the receiving end, the postsynaptic...


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