Nov 18, 2017
This week on MIA Radio we
interview Dr Joseph Firth. Dr Firth is a
postdoctoral research fellow at Western Sydney University. His
research focuses on the role of exercise and nutrition in first
episode psychosis in young people.
In this interview we
- That Dr Firth completed his PhD
in Manchester, UK, which focussed on the role of exercise in the
treatment of psychosis in young people.
- That he now works on a programme
of adjunctive and novel treatments for psychosis, particularly
the role of exercise and nutrition and including technology and
- How results show that exercise
can reduce symptoms in young people such as the cognitive deficit,
lack of motivation and social withdrawal and that these are
symptoms that the medications don’t really help
- That, in the very early stages
of psychotic illness, there are currently few interventions other
than therapy, so exercise and nutrition could have a role in
reducing the need for antipsychotic drugs and even potentially
affect the onset of psychotic symptoms.
- That qualitative research has
shown that young people report that their symptoms are reduced or
become less troubling when they exercise.
- How exercise and nutrition have
key roles in reducing the health inequalities that are seen in
young people treated with antipsychotic drugs.
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