Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Premature Death

Last week I wrote about Mental Illness Premature Death. One of the reasons they die early death is because of Metabolic Syndrome. Metabolic syndrome: “is a name for a group of risk factors that occur together and increase the risk for coronary artery disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Symptoms: Extra weight around your waist (central or abdominal obesity)”. A lot of the medication causes extra weight.
Pharmaceutical companies right now are not putting money into research for new and better medication that does not cause weight gain or even better medication to help with mental illness. I personally gain weight from Moban and older drug. Now that I am on Geodon I am losing weight through walking and exercise. There was another factor that also might have caused my weight gain. That was I quit smoking and yes food did taste better after I stopped. That is also factored in, although the medication played a role in my gaining weight.
I should have started exercising then although they did not put in exercise equipment in my previous place of residence until four years ago. My mental illness is Schizophrenia. I do not have some of the problems that some of my fellow suffers of this disease have. I am highly motivated and have been that way from the beginning of this disease. One of the reasons I read on the web is that I am a paranoid schizophrenic and they seem to have a better recovery rate.
One of the things that I read on the web is that a lot of schizophrenics have negative symptoms. These are symptoms that medication does not take away. Some of the symptoms are lack of motivation. How can you get off disability if you do not even have the motivation to look for a job? A lot do not know how to carry on a conversation with others. Their thoughts get jumbled. Or for some the voices did not stop with the medication and they might be trying to listen to you and the voices are saying something else. These negative symptoms really stop them from having a great life.
They try different remedies to try and stop these negative symptoms with no relief. Some say those remedies work. I can understand I would try anything to relieve those symptoms. Anxiety can’t sleep at night. That one bothered me to till I started working and now I do not have trouble falling asleep. I really feel for these people and just hope someday they will find something to help them.


  1. My son takes an atypical antipsychotic. All of his weight gain is in his belly. Of course this concerns me very much. But what can we do? He needs the meds to function well. He is still very young (18) and exercises some. Not as much as I'd like...and lets face it, most young adults crave what they don't need: pop, cheetos, etc.
    I hope someday the meds choices are better. I believe they will be. until then, we will keep working to be as healthy as possible from every angle.

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