The above is an article that was posted on Beyond Meds about a year ago that explores the source of the statistic about early death and psychiatric drugs. Yesterday’s post on the high rate of deaths associated with psychiatric drug use did not have a link to the source of the statistic used in that article, so I thought I’d share the above article again today that does have some source material. ●  ●

The re-blogging feature is weird. The article is here:  The seriously mentally ill die, on average, 25 years earlier than the general population… (exploring the source of a statistic)

●  ●  While you’re at it you might be interested in the following article about how benzos and sleeping pills are also independently implicated in shortening the life-span of regular users:  Sleeping Pills (benzos and Z-drugs) shorten life-span and a list of other adverse reactions

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(exploring the source of a statistic)

Are you familiar with this oft-quoted statistic: “people with serious mental illness served by the public mental health system die, on average, 25 years earlier than the general population”?  You see it everywhere – for example in TIME magazineUSA Today, and throughout the mental health blogosphere.

It comes from this 2006 report on mortality and morbidity in the seriously mentally ill population published by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors [NASMHPD].  The report also contains several other [less frequently quoted but no less powerful] statistics.  Consider:

  • suicide accounts for 30% of excess mortality [in the population suffering from “serious mental illness”], but 60% of premature deaths are due to other causes such as cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, obesity, and smoking – causes which are in some ways preventable.
  • people diagnosed with schizophrenia are 2.7X more likely to die…

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