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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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David J. Porteous, Ph.D., of the University of Edinburgh, U.K., Expert on schizophrenia
David J. Porteous, Ph.D.
June 24, 2013
Many genes have come to the attention of mental illness researchers because tiny variations in them appear to increase the risk of mental illness. But one gene...
Vinod Menon, Ph.D., professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Science, Stanford University School of Medicine, an autism expert
Vinod Menon, Ph.D.
June 21, 2013
  It has been known for more than fifty years that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often appear indifferent to human voices, but it has not been...
John A. Gray, M.D., Ph.D., of University of California, San Francisco, Expert on Schizophrenia
John A. Gray, M.D., Ph.D.
June 20, 2013
Though the underlying causes of schizophrenia are poorly understood, there is a growing body of research implicating abnormalities in the function of NMDARs (N...
 Carrie Bearden, Ph.D., Expert on Depression
Carrie Bearden, Ph.D.
June 18, 2013
  Lifescript.com, a women’s health website that attracts 12 million visitors each month, interviewed Carrie Bearden, Ph.D., recipient of Brain & Behavior...
NARSAD Grantee Kirsty Spalding, Ph.D. from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, Expert on depression and brain research
Kirsty Spalding, Ph.D.
June 18, 2013
It was believed for a long time that the human brain didn’t change much once mature. That belief has been turned on its head over the course of the past...

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