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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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Asya Rolls, Ph.D., of Stanford University, a 2010 NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee, expert on PTSD
Asya Rolls, Ph.D.
October 01, 2013
Asya Rolls, Ph.D., of Stanford University, a 2010 NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee, has conducted a series of experiments with colleagues that point to an...
William Kyle Simmons, Ph.D., of the Laureate Institute for Brain Research in Oklahoma, Research expert in eating disorders
William K. Simmons, Ph.D.
September 30, 2013
The human brain does many amazing things. One of them is taking in continuous streams of data from the external senses―such as sight, sound, smell―and...
Terrie Moffitt, Ph.D., Expert in Schizophrenia
Terrie Moffitt, Ph.D.
September 26, 2013
People who later develop schizophrenia have thinking and memory (or "cognitive") difficulties that disrupt their everyday functioning both early in life—long...
Harryet and Stuart Ehrlich with Dr. Kim from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Expert on Bipolar Disorder
The Ehrlichs with Dr. Kim
September 24, 2013
In August, Harryet and Stuart Ehrlich took a mini-vacation from their home in New Jersey to Baltimore, MD. The highlight of their trip was a stop at the Johns...
2010 NARSAD Grantee, Andrii Rudenko, Ph.D., of MIT, Expert in PTSD
Andrii Rudenko, Ph.D.
September 23, 2013
In the September 18th issue of the journal Neuron, results of research conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) revealed a gene that...


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