Psychosis symptoms reduced with exercise

Psychosis symptoms reduced with exerciseSymptoms of psychosis in teens and young adults may be reduced after a first psychosis episode through exercise, according to new findings. Study author Joseph Firth said, “Establishing an exercise regime for people with psychosis is likely to be much more effective when they are younger, and in the earliest stages of treatment. Getting people into a routine early on also helps set habits for life, which can make a huge difference to their long-term physical and mental health.”

The life road for young teens that experience psychosis can be difficult, with high rates of unemployment, drug abuse, premature death, and weight gain.


The study looked at 31individuals who experienced their first psychosis episode and underwent personalized workout routines for 10 weeks supervised by a researcher. Each week, each participant completed 107 minutes of vigorous exercise.

At the end of the 10 weeks, 27 percent of patients in the exercise group saw a reduction in psychosis symptoms, compared to only seven percent in the control group. The latter only received mental health treatment and were not given a workout plan.

The exercise group also showed improvements in brain function and experienced weight loss. Previous studies have found that exercise can have improvements in those with schizophrenia.


Author Bio

Mohan Garikiparithi got his degree in medicine from Osmania University (University of Health Sciences). He practiced clinical medicine for over a decade before he shifted his focus to the field of health communications. During his active practice he served as the head of the Dept. of Microbiology in a diagnostic centre in India. On a three-year communications program in Germany, Mohan developed a keen interest in German Medicine (Homoeopathy), and other alternative systems of medicine. He now advocates treating different medical conditions without the use of traditional drugs. An ardent squash player, Mohan believes in the importance of fitness and wellness.