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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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The Rossi Family
September 09, 2014
“It is an actual illness,” Linda Rossi tells WCBS New York’s Marla Diamond, speaking of her daughter Chrissy’s struggles with bipolar disorder. “Let’s open up...
Keith O'Neil - brain and behavior keynote speaker
Keith O'Neil
September 09, 2014
Robert Glatter, M.D., writes about former NFL player and Superbowl champion Keith O’Neil’s public sharing of his struggles with bipolar disorder. Mr. O’Neil...
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...
George Bartzokis, M.D. - brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
George Bartzokis, M.D.
September 03, 2014
Dr. George Bartzokis, who received two NARSAD Young Investigator Grants in the earliest years of the Foundation’s grant-giving activities (1988 and 1989), died...

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