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Unread 09-20-2010, 07:18 PM   #1
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Default Decrease in life expectancy due to psych drugs?

I know I'm evidently behind the times...but I just read some reference to "the taking of psychiatric drugs can lead to a 25 year decrease in life expectancy." Anybody know more details? (Of course, I need more reasons to be depressed--sarcasm intended!) What drugs? How long does one have to take them to lose all these years?
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I am guessing that the study is using correlation, not cause and effect. A big part of it is probably that people who are susceptible to poor health care, poor self-care, self-destructive behaviors, economic disadvantage, etc. due to mental health issues; not to mention physical problems that might be related to the mental health issues in some way; and also take psychiatric meds due to mental health issues probably don't tend to live as long. Not to say that meds might not contribute somewhat, but probably not as much as the reference seems to imply.
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Default Re: Decrease in life expectancy due to psych drugs?

I haven't read the study but it seems to me that "the taking of <any> drugs can lead to a decrease in life expectancy".

Requiring drugs presumes an illness of some type, be it psychiatric or medical; is it not likely that having an illness might decrease life expectancy?

I am curious which psychiatric drugs/disorders were associated with 25 year premature death.

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does it really matter? for me if i don't take psych drugs i may not be around for another year or less.
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The source material for the statement that persons with serious mental illness live 25 years less than the general population can be found at:

http://www.nasmhpd.org/
Click on publications and look under "Technical Papers"
Morbidity and Mortality in People with Serious Mental Illness

I would have downloaded this pdf file, but it exceeds the limits to post.
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I didn't by any means read all 87 pages of the study, but they seem to be saying that the mortality rate is due to a multitude of causes, most of them preventable such as obesity, smoking, illicit drug use, etc. Polypharmacy was way down the list as a contributing cause. Mostly they cited the risk of increased diabetes due to metabolic syndrome which is a risk with antipsychotic medications. Thus the reason we have to work to maintain our health, exercise, eat right, etc.
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People diagnosed with depression, lose 25 years of life expectancy. I don't think it has to do with drugs specifically but the depression thing. But here's a good article on the medical problems associated with psychiatric drugs:

http://www.vancouversun.com/health/P...367/story.html
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it also shortens the life expectancy of your bank account, at least in my case it did. getting "help" costs a lot of money if you don't have good health insurance and I don't.
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Thanks for all the responses! I'm actually feeling better by what you all said....Also, thanks for the links.

Yes, I agree. This doesn't mean we should give up all the drugs. What would be the use of living additional years if they were miserable ones?!
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The source material for the statement that persons with serious mental illness live 25 years less than the general population can be found at: http://www.nasmhpd.org/ Click on publications and look under "Technical Papers" Morbidity and Mortality in People with Serious Mental Illness. I would have downloaded this pdf file, but it exceeds the limits to post.
Here's the one-sentence summary of the findings: "Their increased morbidity and mortality are largely due to treatable medical conditions that are caused by modifiable risk factors such as smoking, obesity, substance abuse, and inadequate access to medical care."

None of their findings implicate either the mental disease itself or the medications that are being used.

Here's where you can go immediately to the paper itself:

http://www.nasmhpd.org/general_files...%208.18.08.pdf

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