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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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Golan Shahar, Ph.D., Expert on depression research and anxiety research
Golan Shahar, Ph.D.
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July 11, 2013
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Joan L. Luby, M.D., Expert on Depression Research
Joan L. Luby, M.D.
July 08, 2013
Brain scan studies of people from elementary school age right up through older adulthood have identified activity patterns associated with depression in a key...
Emily G. Severance, Ph.D. of Johns Hopkins University, expert on schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
Emily G. Severance, Ph.D.
July 05, 2013
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Yang Yang, Ph.D. of the Yale University School of Medicine and Expert on Schizophrenia
Yang Yang, Ph.D.
July 03, 2013
It has long been suspected that heavy smoking by people with schizophrenia, while as harmful to overall health as for anyone who smokes, is an attempt at self-...

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