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Brain and Behavior Research Foundation
60 Cutter Mill Road, Suite 404
Great Neck, NY 11021
The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation formerly known as National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia & Depression is a national non-profit organization dedicated to research into causes, treatments, prevention, and the eventual cure of schizophrenia and the various forms of depression. Schizophrenia is a brain disorder that makes it difficult for a person to distinguish between reality and fantasy; to think logically; to have appropriate emotional responses to others, and to adapt to social situations. People with schizophrenia may also have difficulty in remembering, talking, and behaving appropriately. Bipolar Manic Depression is a mental illness in which intense mood swings occur, usually with remissions and recurrences. Depressive symptoms may be most common and can last at least a full day and perhaps several weeks or longer. Manic symptoms may involve hyperactivity and feelings of invincibility, happiness, and restlessness. Established in 1986, BBRF was founded by family members and professionals with the primary objective of raising funds to find the causes, cures, improved treatments, and prevention of these mental illnesses. BBRF publishes a newsletter entitled "Research Newsletter," which focuses on the newest developments in treatments. It also provides several educational brochures including "Conquering Depression," "Understanding Schizophrenia," "The Search for Cures," and "Finally, 18 Million Americans Suffering from Depression Have Something to Look Forward to." In 1995, BBRF launched its "Depression...A flaw in chemistry, not character" educational campaign to enhance public understanding of this disorder. BBRF also awards two prizes each year for outstanding progress in research into schizophrenia and depression.
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