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According to the National Institutes of Health, schizophrenia is a severe, chronic brain disorder. From the beginning of historical times, schizophrenia has been recognized and written about. Today the disease affects approximately 1 percent of Americans. People with schizophrenia can be treated with a variety of medications and, as a result, can often lead productive, satisfying lives. No cure presently exists for schizophrenia.

Internet Resources

MedlinePlus: Schizophrenia
Developed at the National Library of Medicine specifically for health care consumers, this site is a portal for both government-sponsored and privately developed health information targeting the lay public.

American Psychiatric Association
The American Psychiatric Association is a national medical specialty society whose physician members specialize in diagnosis, treatment, prevention and research of mental illnesses including substance use disorders.


  • Schizophrenia: cognitive theory, research and therapy. Beck A. 2009
  • 100 questions and answers about schizophrenia: Painful minds. DeLisi LE. 2006.
  • If Your Adolescent Has Schizophrenia. An Essential Resource for Parents. Gur RE, Johnson AB 2006.
  • Clinical Handbook of Schizophrenia. Mueser KT, Jeste DV. 2008.
  • Surviving schizophrenia: A manual for families, consumers, and providers. Torrey EF. 2001.

Available in print at the Health Learning Center or electronically at  http://www.nmh.org/nm/health library virtual library :

  • Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health. Thackery E, ed. 2008.
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Neurological Disorders. Chamberlin S, ed. 2012.


Search our collection for additional resources on schizophrenia.

Journal Articles

  • “Imaging genetics of schizophrenia.” Meyer-Lindenberg A. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience. 12(4):449-56. 2010
  • “Challenges in preventing schizophrenia. A major hurdle is identifying those at risk for developing psychosis in the future.” Harvard Mental Health Letter. 26(6): 4-5. 2009 December
  • “Treating "first-episode" schizophrenia. Current thinking about the best way to manage this critical phase.” Harvard Mental Health Letter. 25(5):1-3, 2008 Nov.
  • “Copy number variation: The new genetic frontier.” Harvard Mental Health Letter. 25(4):6-7. 2008 October.
  • “Revisiting the CATIE schizophrenia study.” 25(1):1–3. July 2008.

Organizations for Support, Education, and Advocacy

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
Colonial Place Three
2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300
Arlington VA 22201-3042
Chicago chapter: http://www.namigc.org

Mental Health America
2001 N. Beauregard Street, 12th Floor
Alexandria VA 22311
Information Line:800.969.NMHA
TTY Line:800.433.5959

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Last UpdateMarch 15, 2012