A meta-analysis of 18 clinical trials has shown that B vitamins are crucial when treating schizophrenia symptoms
Joseph Firth authored the paper revealing this important treatment step in the journal “Psychological Medicine“.
Firth, and his colleagues in the Division of Psychology and Mental Health, at the University of Manchester, in the United Kingdom, analyzed the data.
These clinical trials involved 832 psychiatric patients who were already undergoing antipsychotic treatment. The focus of the trials was to examine the effects of supplemental vitamins on these patients.
These studies revealed that vitamin B greatly reduces schizophrenic symptoms. However, this is only shown to work when combined with antipsychotic medication and psycho-social treatments.
What is Schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is an immensely complex mental illness. It encompasses many diverse manifestations. Each sufferer will experience it in a unique form.
There are many core symptoms that are present when a doctor gives a diagnosis of schizophrenia. The patient will usually present to a clinic in a state of psychosis, whereby they appear to be confusing non-reality with reality.
The most obvious of the many symptoms are hallucinations, delusions, and cognitive dysfunction. The sufferer may appear physically agitated and may have given up caring for themselves.
Unfortunately, there is very little understood about this mental illness. There is currently no cure. All treatments merely treat its symptoms.
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