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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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Sohee Park, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Sohee Park, Ph.D.
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James A. Bibb, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on depression & anxiety
James A. Bibb, Ph.D.
August 21, 2015
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Eric Kandel, M.D. - Brain & Behavior research expert on mental illness
Eric Kandel, M.D.
August 17, 2015
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Flora M. Vaccarino, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior research expert on autism
Dr. Flora M. Vaccarino
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Kenneth Kendler, M.D. - Brain & Behavior research expert on depression
Kenneth Kendler, M.D.
August 10, 2015
Genetic studies have recently yielded large numbers of "hits" for genes that subtly increase or decrease risk for disorders, including for schizophrenia....


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