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Serious mental illnesses cut life expectancy by 10-20 years

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So, I managed to locate and read the paper. I'm surprised that there is no mention in the analysis of the role of neuroleptics in metabolic syndrome (i.e. obesity, high blood lipids, high glucose) or of lack of exercise and poor nutrition. These are deadly enough in the general population, positively lethal if you are on neuroleptics. My most dispiriting experiences have been seeing how little encouragement is given to promoting exercise and good nutrition on the wards (chips, spuds, puddings groaning in sugar and other refined carbs, biscuits, fruit juice, crap). No effort at controlling tobacco use, apart from restricted hours leading to binge smoking. I dispensed neuroleptics with one hand and smoking materials with the other - appalling. If you omit to dispense someone's meds, you're in trouble. Feed them nutritional poisons, tobacco and a sedentary lifestyle and no-one notices. Our practice of 'care' is what is truly insane in mental health.

Posted date

26 May, 2014

Posted time

11:26 am

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