Findings from a new study that shows that anti-psychotic drugs are likely to cause brain damage has raised alarm bells among health campaigners and human rights groups. Entitled ‘A systematic review of the effects of antipsychotic drugs on brain volume ,’ the results of this study dispel the widely-held view that schizophrenia itself causes brain structural changes. ‘Some evidence points towards the possibility that antipsychotic drugs reduce the volume of brain matter and increase ventricular or fluid volume. Antipsychotics may contribute to the genesis of some of the abnormalities usually attributed to schizophrenia,’ the report says.
Anti-psychotic drugs are likely to cause brain damage, according to a new study. The results challenge the widely-held view that schizophrenia itself causes brain structural changes, such as less brain grey matter, bigger ventricles and larger cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) spaces, claim researchers.