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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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Jordan W. Smoller, M.D., Sc.D. expert in mental health research
Jordan W. Smoller, M.D., Sc.D.
April 18, 2013
From The Quarterly, Spring 2013 The Cross-Disorder Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC), a consortium of geneticists and neuroscientists, has...
David Shaffer, M.D.
David Shaffer, M.D.
April 18, 2013
From The Quarterly, Spring 2013 When he first heard about it in the late 1970s, David Shaffer, M.D., remembers being not only “skeptical” but in a state of...
David Foster, Ph.D., Expert on Schizophrenia
David Foster, Ph.D.
April 17, 2013
With the support of a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant, David Foster, Ph.D., led research to understand spatial memory in the hippocampus area of the brain. His...
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Grantee David Braff, M.D., University of California, San Diego, Expert on Schizophrenia
David Braff, M.D.
April 16, 2013
Up to twelve chromosome regions may harbor genes for keeping the brain in good working order, reports a new study by Brain & Behavior Research Foundation...
NARSAD Grantee Ya-Ping Tang, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, Expert on PTSD
Ya-Ping Tang, M.D., Ph.D.
April 12, 2013
The experience of trauma during teen years is a known risk factor for the later development of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The National Institutes...


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