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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.

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