Schizophrenia is a severe and debilitating disease. People with schizophrenia often have severe symptoms such as hearing voices not heard by others (auditory hallucinations), seeing things not seen by others (visual hallucinations), or believing that other people can read their minds or control their bodies. People with schizophrenia may become so disorganized in how they behave and talk that others become concerned. Schizophrenia is typically a lifelong illness, but there are treatment options, and research is trying to discover new and safer treatments.

Signs of schizophrenia include:

  • Hallucinations: Perceptions in the absence of a real source (such as hearing voices that other people do not hear)
  • Delusions: False beliefs that cannot be changed by contradictory evidence and are not explained by a person's cultural beliefs. Delusions include the belief that one is being harassed, that others mean them harm or they are receiving special messages through the television or radio
  • Disorganized thoughts: Difficulty concentrating or focusing their attention. They have difficulty thinking in a logical sequence, and have fragmented thoughts
  • Emotional flattening: Frequently have a "blunted" affect or a reduction in emotional expressivity, and are often socially withdrawn

If you have had some of the above symptoms, you may be suffering from schizophrenia. Similar to other medical conditions, schizophrenia can be treated. The Cedars-Sinai's Psychiatry Research Team may be able to help.

Our Schizophrenia Research Studies:

We currently do not have any active research studies on schizophrenia. However, to find out more about all other clinical trials at Cedars-Sinai, please click on the link or contact us at:

Psychiatry Research at the Thalians Mental Health Center
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
8730 Alden Dr., Room E-123
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: 1-888-CEDARS-3 (233-2773)
Alt Phone: 310-423-6515
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