Exercise Reduces Symptoms of First-Episode Psychosis in Young People
Source: Med Scape
A pilot study by the University of Manchester has found that an exercise program can dramatically reduce symptoms of first-episode psychosis in young patients. Prognosis for psychosis sufferers is typically bleak: young patients who suffer a first episode are very likely to have relapses, be chronically unemployed, and die early.
However, exercise reduced the psychotic symptoms of the study’s variable group by 27% after 10 weeks. What’s more, placing a first-time psychosis patient on an exercise program established good exercise habits for life, which can continue to benefit the sufferer long-term. Along with medication treatments, an exercise program helps the patient’s social functioning and mental health, and has a good chance of preventing permanent disability.