From New Scientist magazine, 03 March 2001
Soothing the mind
From New Scientist magazine
THE female sex hormone oestrogen could help people with schizophrenia recover
from psychotic episodes, an Australian psychiatrist has discovered.
Schizophrenia strikes roughly one in a hundred men and women. Those affected
can suffer hallucinations, delusions and jumbled thoughts. Antipsychotic drugs
such as risperidone help some patients, but many remain severely afflicted.
Jayashri Kulkarni, a psychiatrist at the Dandenong Psychiatry Research Centre
in Melbourne, treated 12 women experiencing symptoms of schizophrenia with
oestrogen skin patches and risperidone for one month. The dose of oestrogen was
roughly twice as high as the dose found in common contraceptive pills.