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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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Mary-Claire King, Ph.D., Expert on Schizophrenia
Mary-Claire King, Ph.D.
August 05, 2013
In an important new study exploring the causes of schizophrenia, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grantee and...
Bita Moghaddam, Ph.D., Expert in Anxiety Research
Bita Moghaddam, Ph.D.
August 02, 2013
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Andrew M. McIntosh, M.D. - Brain and behavior research expert on depression
Andrew M. McIntosh, M.D.
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Andrew M. McIntosh, M.D., Chair of Biological Psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh, U.K., used his 2010 NARSAD Independent Investigator Grant to probe...
Kerry Ressler, M.D., Ph.D. of Emory University, Expert on Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Kerry Ressler, M.D., Ph.D.
July 30, 2013
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Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D., of Rockefeller University, Expert on anxiety research and stress
Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D.
July 29, 2013
Sunday’s New York Times opinion piece, “Status and Stress: The Health Toll of Financial Stress” by science writer Moises Velasquez-Manoff, looks at the impact...


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