Nicotine was apparently once thought to assist patients in dealing with schizophrenia symptoms. A recent article entitled Nicotine use does not alleviate schizophrenia symptoms cites research showing nicotine is not helpful in treating symptoms of schizophrenia.

The five year research study involved 176 patients diagnosed with schizophrenia, 70% of whom maintained the same level of nicotine usage for the entire research period. In comparison to the non-smokers, smokers did not exhibit any significant difference in symptoms. The article goes on to say;

The data do not, therefore, support the self-medication theory stating that nicotine use has some sort of symptomatic benefit in alleviating treatment side-effects or cognitive impairments in schizophrenia patients, assert the researchers.

Instead, they suggest that the presence of psychotic illness interferes with the ability to stop smoking.

Lastly, the researchers suggested that those who experience psychosis are likely to start smoking sooner and continue smoking counter to trends in the Western world to decrease nicotine consumption.

 


Comments


View Comments / Leave a Comment

This post currently has 12 comments.
You can read the comments or leave your own thoughts.


    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 7 Nov 2007
    Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.

APA Reference
Bechdel, J. (2007). Stop trying to smoke out your schizophrenia symptoms. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 17, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2007/11/04/stop-trying-to-smoke-out-your-schizophrenia-symptoms/

 

Recent Comments
  • Tara: “Love and intimacy don’t blossom by trying to pull it toward us or manipulating people. ”...
  • Emma: What a tragic loss of such an amazing soul. I wonder what would have made the difference for him between life...
  • Lilly: Jane, you realize that the genetic markers for schizophrenia were only found this year, right? Before that...
  • owl: Mid life crises.
  • Michelle: Thank You so much for this article. It really helped me see things in a better light while on my road to...
Subscribe to Our Weekly Newsletter


Find a Therapist
Enter ZIP or postal code



Users Online: 9360
Join Us Now!