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When doctors prescribe their mental health patients antipsychotic medications, a lot of times, the doctors are only concerned with the affects these antipsychotic drugs have on their patient’s mental disorder. However, what they’re forgetting to monitor is the affects these drugs have on their patient’s physical health, such as the heart condition.
According to a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, patients who took an antipsychotic drug gained 11 to 13 pounds within six to eight weeks after they started taking the medication. Why should any patient be forced to choose between the trade-off of mental or physical well-being? Physical illness shouldn’t be the price the mentally ill have to pay. Now that there’s proof that antipsychotic drugs correlate with poor physical health, doctors are obligated to better monitor and care for their patient’s physical health in addition to their mental health.