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Study Finds Increased Health Risks Linked to First-Episode Psychosis

A National Institutes of Health (NIH) study shows people with psychosis develop health risks associated with premature death early in the course of their mental illness. Studying nearly 400 individuals between ages 15 and 40 with first-episode psychosis, researchers found that elevated risks of heart disease and metabolic issues are the result of an interaction of mental illness, unhealthy lifestyle behaviors and antipsychotic medications that can heighten these risks, and that these patients need early interventions that address the full range of needs. According to the study’s lead author, Christoph Correll, M.D., the results suggest that “without a combined physical and mental health care approach, we miss major opportunities to improve psychiatric as well as medical health in patients with schizophrenia and other severe conditions.” For more information, visit the NIH website.