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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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Carla Torrent, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on bipolar disorder
Carla Torrent, Ph.D.
December 23, 2014
Nearly half of people diagnosed with bipolar disorder experience problems with thinking that can make day-to-day life difficult. But now, a new intervention...
Bruce M. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Bruce M. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D.
December 18, 2014
Researchers now know that over 100 regions of the genome contribute to risk for schizophrenia, and more remain to be found. Each of these comprises a small,...
Kenneth S. Kendler, M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Kenneth S. Kendler, M.D.
December 09, 2014
One clue about who is at risk for developing schizophrenia appears to come from a person’s IQ before symptoms of the illness appear. For years, data have...
Johanne Renaud, M.D.
Johanne Renaud, M.D.
December 08, 2014
Suicide remains one of the leading causes of death among young people, and while many studies have looked at suicide risk factors, “with the exception of...
December 05, 2014
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