Schizophrenia is a serious and complex mental disorder that is characterized by positive symptoms (e.g. hallucinations, delusions, racing thoughts), negative symptoms [e.g. blunted affect, alogia (reduction in quantity of words spoken), avolition (reduced goal-directed activity due to decreased motivation), asociality, and anhedonia (reduced experience of pleasure)] and cognitive deficits. This chronic and disabling disorder is thought to result from a complex interplay of genetic and environmental risk factors. People suffering from schizophrenia are treated with a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and antipsychotic medications that block certain neurotransmitter function.
- Mental Health America (MHA) https://www.mhanational.org/conditions/schizophrenia
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Mental-Health-Conditions/Schizophrenia
- Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA) https://sardaa.org