Less Physical Activity May Exacerbate Psychosis — Study
Psychosis is a serious mental condition, characterized by hallucinations or delusions. A person suffering from psychosis has an impaired relationship with reality.
People with psychosis die 15 years earlier than people without the problem, largely due to cardiovascular problems. Various studies have shown that people with psychosis do not actively engage in physical activities making it a major cause of cardiovascular diseases.
A recent study of more than 200,000 people around the globe has revealed that psychosis is associated with low level of physical activity.
Inactive lifestyle precipitates avoidable deaths
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), physical inactivity is the fourth leading cause of avoidable death which is equivalent to smoking. The WHO advises every adult aged 18–64 years to do at least 150 minutes of moderate to intensive physical activity throughout the week, including walking, cycling, running household errands or any sport.
The researchers from the King’s College London and the South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust collated a humongous data from the World Health Survey, comprising more than 200,000 people aged 18–64 years from as many as 50 countries with low- and middle-income.
The study, published in the Schizophrenia Bulletin in August 2016, divided them into three groups:
· People who were diagnosed with psychosis
· People with psychotic symptoms but were not diagnosed with the problem
· A control group that comprised people with no diagnosis of psychosis and no symptoms in the past 12 months
People with psychosis more likely to be inactive
After interviewing the respondents to measure the level of physical activity recommended by the WHO, it was found that people with psychosis were 36 percent more likely to fail in meeting the recommended physical activity levels compared to controls. It found that men with psychosis were more than twice as likely not to meet the recommended levels compared to the control group.
The research is also a low down on the barriers that usually prevent people with psychosis from engaging in a regular physical activity. “Understanding and overcoming these barriers could be an important strategy to help people with psychosis be more active, and potentially to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease,” said Dr. Brendon Stubbs from King’s College London and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM).
This is the first study to specifically denounce a sedentary lifestyle and to emphasize the importance of physical activity in people with psychosis, the researchers said. “We will investigate whether health coaching and providing people with pedometers can increase daily activity levels and hope that if successful, this program will be offered more widely to people with psychosis,” Dr. Brendon added.
The researchers highlighted the risks of cardiovascular diseases in men with psychosis which is the leading cause of their early deaths. They suggested interventions to increase physical activity and to reduce social isolation for such people.
Whether it is psychosis or any other mental health conditions, early intervention is the key to a long-term recovery. No mental condition should be left untreated, otherwise, the symptoms can worsen and this can complicate the treatment process later on.
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