Schizophrenia. Conceptual artwork representing schizophrenia. This psychiatric disorder can include disordered thoughts (such as delusions and hallucinations), psychotic episodes (extreme delusions), disturbed moods, an altered sense of self (from withdrawal to a loss of ego boundaries), and a splitting of personality or lack of personality integration. A key defining characteristic of schizophrenia is that it must be a long-term disorder lasting at least 6 months. The cause is unknown, but there is thought to be a genetic predisposition. Treatment includes drugs and psychiatric behaviour therapy.
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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