Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia

$150M Awarded to Schizophrenia Research since 1987

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Key Figures

3.5 million adults

3.5 million adults (1.1%) of the US Adult population live with schizophrenia*

21 million

More than 21 million people worldwide are affected by schizophrenia*

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From Despair — Motivating Love and Joyous Art


Annick Hollister makes art as bright and sunny as the skies above her California home. She depicts the beauty of nature with tender, sure-handed...

Focus on Family Support


Ann Laitman’s son, Daniel, was diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was 15. Daniel is now 19, and with treatment and family support, he is making...

People Like Everybody Else


A family affected by schizophrenia supports NARSAD with the belief that future generations will be better off through the funding of scientific...

A Family Living With – And Recovering From – Schizophrenia


“All the hopes you have for your daughter’s future are dashed,” Mary Ann said. “She wants to go to college, have a family, but there’s no guarantee...

Follow-Up: 'Team Daniel' Runs for NARSAD


We met Daniel Laitman and his parents Ann and Rob in the September 2010 issue of eNews from NARSAD. Daniel is 19 and lives with schizophrenia. [...

Research Gives People Hope: Multiple family illnesses inspire a couple's life-long commitment to the mental health cause


No one knows better than the Garatt family how far research in mental illness has come – and how far it still has to go. Thirty-three years ago, when...

Recovery is Real: Patient-Turned-Mentor Shares Story of Hope and Offers Support to Others


Howard Trachtman can serve as a role model to us all. He lives to tell the tale of an incredible journey of recovery from schizoaffective disorder....

One Young Man’s Rocky Road to Recovery


Overcoming the challenge of living with symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder – a mix seen more often in men From The Quarterly, Fall 2011...

I Share My Story As Others Begin their Journey…


This is a true story about what happened to a family when mental illness struck one of its children. My son Todd Christopher O’Connell was born April...

Late-Onset Mental Illness Unravels a Family's Life


Among Janet Larsen’s family mementos, carefully preserved and passed down by her mother, is a letter addressed to Janet’s father, Victor Lottmann, on...

Social Media Helps One Man Institutionalized for Schizophrenia Reconnect with Old Friends


The summer before Neil Barber’s junior year in high school, he and three of his buddies decided to experiment with marijuana. Neil’s dad, Greg,...

The Crucial Need for Brain Research: A Leader at NAMI Discusses Her Unwavering 25-Year Support of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation


From The Quarterly, Spring 2012 Like many donors to the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, Janet and Myron Susin of Long Island, New York,...

Well Into Recovery


From The Quarterly, Spring 2013 Recalling her son’s last year in high school, Stamatia Pappas can still, ten years later, feel her eyes fill with...

Heartache And Hard-Won Progress


Love, support and good education: not enough to preclude mental illness in this family, but enough to help them cultivate recovery From The Quarterly...

Inexpressible Gratitude


A mother beams as her son, lives with Asperger's syndrome and schizophrenia, courageously lives his dream to become an inventor John Atherton is a 53...

In Schizophrenia’s Wake, a Son Laments the Father Who Might Have Been


Emerson Hart is a singer-songwriter. In the 1990s, he co-founded the Grammy-nominated rock band Tonic and, as the lead singer, has written hit...

Finding a Way to Help and Heal


An Annual Event Honors a Beloved Son and Supports the Foundation’s Research Toward the end of his freshman year at the University of Minnesota, where...

From Chaos to Hope: A Family’s Odyssey with Schizophrenia


Seared into Randye Kaye’s memory is a terrifying day in 2003 when she rushed 21-year-old Ben to the emergency room of the local hospital near her...

An Agonizing Journey and a “Blessing”


Janet and Donald Boardman, Sr., remember with chilling clarity the last time their son Donald, Jr., had to be hospitalized against his will. “When...