Does smoking reduce akathisia? Testing a narrow version of the self-medication hypothesis.

@article{Leon2006DoesSR,
  title={Does smoking reduce akathisia? Testing a narrow version of the self-medication hypothesis.},
  author={Jose de Leon and Francisco J D{\'i}az and Mari Carmen Aguilar and Dolores Jurado and Manuel Gurpegui},
  journal={Schizophrenia research},
  year={2006},
  volume={86 1-3},
  pages={256-68}
}
BACKGROUND The self-medication hypothesis proposes that schizophrenia patients smoke to decrease their schizophrenia symptoms or antipsychotic side effects, but they usually start smoking before their illness and heavy smoking is not consistently associated with fewer symptoms or side effects. A narrow version of the self-medication hypothesis, heavy smoking reduces akathisia, is explored. METHOD The sample included 250 outpatients with DSM-IV schizophrenia assessed with the Positive and… CONTINUE READING