Schizophrenia is a complex mental disorder characterized by disturbances in thought, perception, and behavior. The cause of schizophrenia is unknown, but it is thought to be caused by genetics, the environment, and altered brain chemistry or structure. Symptoms of schizophrenia may include: delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, psychosis, disorganized or catatonic behavior, paranoia, flat or inappropriate emotional response, alogia (poverty of speech), hearing voices, avolition (lack of motivation), movement disorders (such as impaired coordination).
Symptoms for schizophrenia disorder can be severely disabling and can affect one’s work, school, interpersonal relations, and self-care. If you think that you or someone you care for has schizophrenia, contact your medical provider. If you have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, and would like to join a research study please fill out our contact form below. We have several studies that are aimed at treating diseases with new drugs, new combinations of drugs or new ways to use existing treatments. Your participation in a voluntary research study is needed and appreciated. With your help, together, we can make a difference!