Mental Health Illnesses May Shorten the Lifespan

FRIDAY, July 2 (HealthDay News) -- Non-institutionalized individuals struggling with serious mental illness face a shorter life span than the general population, new research reveals.

The conclusion appears to be independent of a range of potential influences, including race, gender, ethnicity, education level and/or marital status.

The finding is reported in the July issue of Psychiatric Services by a team of researchers from Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine and Pharmacy. Although other studies have established a link between mental illness and premature death, this one focused on the years of life lost after adjusting for social and demographic factors and the cause of death.

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