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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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John R. Kelsoe, M.D. - Brain & Behavior research expert on bipolar disorder
John R. Kelsoe, M.D.
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Guy Rouleau, M.D., Ph.D - Brain & behavior research expert on schizophrenia
Guy Rouleau, M.D., Ph.D
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Spontaneous (non-inherited) DNA mutations likely play a role in the development of childhood-onset schizophrenia (COS), according to new research. In a study...
Mark Olfson, M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on drug addiction
Mark Olfson, M.D.
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Carrie J. McAdams, M.D., Ph.D. - brain & behavior research expert on anxiety
Carrie J. McAdams, M.D., Ph.D.
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Ann Olincy, M.D. - brain & behavior research expert on autism
Ann Olincy, M.D.
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Schizophrenia and autism may be related disorders that, at least in part, share similar genetic roots, new research suggests. Indeed, say the scientists,...

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