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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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Patrick Sullivan, M.D.
Patrick Sullivan, M.D.
August 30, 2013
Momentum is building in the largest experiment ever in schizophrenia research: 13 more regions in the human gene code, or genome, have been identified as being...
Xiangmin Xu, Ph.D., Brain Research Expert
Xiangmin Xu, Ph.D.
August 29, 2013
In collaborative research efforts across three institutions, neuroscientists, including 2012 NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee, Xiangmin Xu, Ph.D., of the...
Alan Anticevic, Ph.D., Expert on Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder
Alan Anticevic, Ph.D.
August 26, 2013
Alan Anticevic, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, used his NARSAD Young Investigator Grant to pursue a project examining...
Felice Jacka, Ph.D., of Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, mental health research expert
Felice Jacka, Ph.D.
August 23, 2013
A Brain & Behavior Research Foundation-funded study has shown that pre-natal and early post-natal diet plays an even larger role in the development of...
Albert H.C. Wong, M.D., Ph.D., Expert on schizophrenia
Albert Wong, M.D., Ph.D.
August 21, 2013
Researchers are devoting increasing attention to the possible effects of the immune system in the causation of brain and behavior disorders. Among them is a...

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