Longevity Gap Continues to Widen for Schizophrenia Patients
September 25, 2017
(Medscape) – Findings from a new systematic review point to a widening longevity gap between people with schizophrenia and the general population that began in the early 1970s. The results of the review suggest that although many people enjoy an extended life span, owing to improved healthcare, those with schizophrenia do not. Psychiatrists should look beyond psychotic symptoms and treat the mentally ill person as a whole, study author Dilip V. Jeste, MD, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, University of California, San Diego, told Medscape Medical News.