Outstanding study that reflects the backwards thinking of modern psychiatry.  While this is a complex topic with many dynamics, more likely, the physical cause of the mental disorder is also the cause of subsequent physical disorders, or the meds used exacerbate the physical risk.
 Dan

Mental disorders associated with subsequent chronic physical conditions

International survey data suggest an assortment of mental disorders were associated with increased risk of the onset of a wide array of chronic physical conditions.

The study by Kate M. Scott, M.A. (ClinPsych), Ph.D., of the University of Otage, Dunedin, New Zealand, and coauthors used World Mental Health Surveys from 17 countries. The study included 16 mental health disorders (mood, anxiety, impulse control, and substance use disorders) and 10 chronic physical conditions (arthritis, chronic pain, heart disease, stroke,hypertension, diabetes, asthma, chronic lung disease, peptic ulcer and cancer).

The study did not determine causal links. “The study findings need to be confirmed in prospective designs, but they suggest that the deleterious effects of mental disorders on physical health (if causal) accumulate over the life course and increase with mental disorder comorbidity,” the authors conclude.

 

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/304493.php?tw

 

On Benzos , the most addictive medication ; the Xanax I took with NO idea  is handed out like candy , and folks still lap it up

 

Benzodiazepine Use in Schizophrenia a High-Risk Practice

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/856312

 

 

 

 

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