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est. 19th November 2017 by Umm Faruq



Mineral and Trace Element Deficiencies or Imbalances Correlated with Schizophrenia
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Iodine
  • Magnesium
  • Selenium

Excerpt from a 2014 Guardian Article Regarding Antipsychotic Drugs
For many, the side-effects of antipsychotics are worse than the symptoms they're meant to treat. No wonder some people with schizophrenia refuse to take them. Imagine that, after feeling unwell for a while, you visit your GP: "Ah," says the doctor, decisively, "what you need is medication X. It's often pretty effective, though there can be side-effects. You may gain weight. Or feel drowsy. And you may develop tremors reminiscent of Parkinson's disease."  Warily, you glance at the prescription on the doctor's desk, but she hasn't finished. "Some patients find that sex becomes a problem. Diabetes and heart problems are a risk. And in the long term the drug may actually shrink your brain … "  

This scenario may sound far-fetched, but it is precisely what faces people diagnosed with schizophrenia. Since the 1950s, the illness has generally been treated using antipsychotic drugs – which, as with so many medications, were discovered by chance. A French surgeon investigating treatments for surgical shock found that one of the drugs he tried – the antihistamine chlorpromazine – produced powerful psychological effects. This prompted the psychiatrist Pierre Deniker to give the drug to some of his most troubled patients. Their symptoms improved dramatically, and a major breakthrough in the treatment of psychosis seemed to have arrived.  

Many other antipsychotic drugs have followed in chlorpromazine's wake, and today these medications comprise 10% of total NHS psychiatric prescriptions. They are costly items: the NHS spends more on these medications than it does for any other psychiatric drug, including antidepressants....

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