The Metabolic Syndrome in Psychiatry and The Triple Whammy Effect – Conversations with Dr Stephen Stahl

Posted on November 21, 2016

This interview is the first as part of a series of brief interviews where Dr. Sanil Rege talks to Dr. Stephen Stahl about key issues that face psychiatry and our patients.  Dr. Stahl, MD, is a practicing Psychiatrist in Carlsbad, USA, and author of the best-selling textbook, Essential Psychopharmacology. Dr. Stahl has held faculty positions at Stanford University, the University of California at Los Angeles, the Institute of Psychiatry London, the Institute of Neurology London, and, currently, at the University of California at San Diego.

Take Home Messages

Metabolic syndrome is important in psychiatry because we cause it with our medicine sometimes.

The illnesses that we have in psychiatry often seem to have extra risk for metabolic syndrome even before they get treated.

When patients with psychiatric illnesses get put on psychotropic medications with the risk of metabolic syndrome and metabolic issues are a huge problem in the 21st century outside of psychiatry and outside of people taking psychotropic drugs – You get a Triple Whammy Effect.

It is important to recognise metabolic syndrome because there is going to be a lot of it and to treat because it is treatable.