Saturday, August 9, 2008

Schizophrenia and the Brain

The brain is one of the most vital organs of the central nervous system along with the spinal cord. It controls physical body functions like the heart rate and respiration, and also controls our emotions, thoughts, etc. The brain is a collection of 10 billion interconnected neurons in which messages are passed from one neuron to another through neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin. Schizophrenia is a syndrome characterized by disturbances in emotions, thought, activity, and language, that leaves patients fearful and withdrawn.

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