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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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Nancy Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., University of Iowa, Expert on Schizophrenia
Nancy Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D.
June 06, 2013
Substantial evidence suggests that patients with schizophrenia have, on average, smaller volumes in several brain areas such as the frontal lobes, and that...
Olivier J. Manzoni, Ph.D., of INSERM, expert on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety disorders
Olivier J. Manzoni, Ph.D.
June 04, 2013
Researchers commonly use fear extinction as the main line of treatment for anxiety disorders. Extinction therapy aims to train the patient to distinguish non-...
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D. President and CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation in Washington D.C. at the White House
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.
June 04, 2013
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation was a participant at the White House for yesterday’s historic convening of a National Conference on Mental Health...
June 04, 2013
For immediate release: June 3, 2013 Media Contact: Sally CorbettBrain & Behavior Research Foundation,scorbett@bbrfoundation.org,516-829-0091; mobile 678-...
Florin Dolcos, Ph.D., Expert on Anxiety
Florin Dolcos, Ph.D.
May 31, 2013
Do you know someone who tends to focus on the negative and bottle up emotions? A new study by NARSAD Grantee Florin Dolcos, Ph.D., and colleagues at the...

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