‘Overactive Immune System’: Is Schizophrenia a Body-Wide Disorder?

‘Overactive Immune System’: Is Schizophrenia a Body-Wide Disorder?

Schizophrenia is considered a disorder of the mind, influencing the way a person thinks, feels and behaves. But our latest research shows that organs, other than the brain, also change at the onset of the disease. Scientists have known for a long time that people with schizophrenia have much higher rates of physical illness compared with the general population, and this contributes to startlingly high rates of premature death. People with the disorder die 15 to 20 years earlier than the average person. This poor physical health has often been seen as a secondary effect of illness. Antipsychotic drugs, for example, are associated with...

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