Metabolic Syndrome (MS) is a commonly encountered clinical problem in Persons Living
with Mental Illnesses (PLMI). Persons Living with Mental Illnesses have a preponderance to develop
MS due to many factors. Various psychiatric disorders like Schizophrenia, Bipolar Affective
Disorders, Unipolar Depression (Severe Mental Illnesses) are found to be associated with occurrence
of MS, irrespective of treatment status. Metabolic abnormalities and MS may be a precursor to
development of full-blown disorders like diabetes mellitus, hypertension and its associated
complications at large. All the parameters of MS are not commonly studied; however weight gain is more commonly
studied in PLMI population. There is a need felt to study further the occurrence of MS in PLMIs getting various
psychotropics for its better understanding and management.
Keywords: Metabolic abnormalities, metabolic syndrome, PLMI, prevention of MS, psychiatric practice psychotropics.
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