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Did you know that schizophrenia affects more than 1 percent of the world's population?

See NARSAD Grants at work on the latest schizophrenia research

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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Stephanie Dulawa, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on depression
Stephanie Dulawa, Ph.D.
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For several years now, mental health researchers have been studying new rapid-acting antidepressants such as ketamine and scopolamine to treat severe...
B.J. Casey, Ph.D., expert on anxiety research and children and adolescence mental health
B.J. Casey, Ph.D.
October 28, 2013
Early-life stress of “disorganized parental care” or being raised in an orphanage can alter the functioning of the amygdala (the area of the brain that...
Marc G. Caron, Ph.D., Expert on Schizophrenia Research
Marc G. Caron, Ph.D.
October 25, 2013
Congratulations to Marc G. Caron, Ph.D., of Duke University Medical Center on receiving the 2013 Lieber Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Schizophrenia...
Donel M. Martin, Ph.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Donel M. Martin, Ph.D.
October 24, 2013
A team of doctors and scientists in Australia, three of whom have been supported by Foundation NARSAD Grants, have concluded the most thorough test to date of...
October 24, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (New York, N.Y. – October, 2013): The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation will hold its first Women's Luncheon, on Wednesday,...


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