The 411 on Schizophrenia

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  • What Is Schizophrenia?
  • How Common Is It?
  • How Does Schizophrenia Affect the Brain?
  • Who Is at Risk?
  • Are Blacks Overdiagnosed With the Disorder?
  • The Warning Signs
  • Why Treatment Is Crucial
  • Treatment Barriers
  • Bringing a Face to the Disease
  • Schizophrenia Can Take Lives

How Does Schizophrenia Affect the Brain?

While it’s unknown what exactly causes this illness, scientists do believe that the brains of those with schizophrenia actually look different than those who do not have it. Schizophrenia disrupts the brain chemistry, more specifically the cells that communicate with one another (neurotransmitters).

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