Schizophrenia Linked with Chronic Disease

By: Psych Central News Editor
on Wednesday, Dec, 13, 2006

Reviewed by: John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
on Wednesday, Dec, 13, 2006

Scientists have gained insight on the link between mental and physical health as new research suggest individuals with a particular psychiatric disorder are more likely to have a chronic medical condition.

Researchers discovered men and women diagnosed with schizophrenia are at risk for physical illness spanning several disease categories including cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurological, and endocrine diseases.

Individuals with schizophrenia are significantly more likely to have one or more of 46 common chronic health conditions than individuals without mental illness, state researchers in the November 2006 issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine.



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