“Our bodies are gardens to the which our wills are gardeners.” — William Shakespeare

READERS might find it surprising to know that people with mental illness live less long than the general population. This is the case in every country. According to one study, people with severe mental illness live up to 25 years less than the general population. Why?

The high mortality rate among people with mental illness is not due to mental illness per se, rather it is the result of the coexistence or co-morbidity of physical health problems, such as cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic and infectious diseases and cancer.

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