Eye disorder raises child's risk of mental illness

06/9/2009 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Intermittent exotropia increases a child's risk of developing mental illness by early adulthood by nearly threefold, Mayo Clinic researchers reported. The study found children with intermittent exotropia were more likely to have psychiatric disorders, use psychotropic medications, require psychiatric hospitalization, have suicidal thoughts and attempt suicide.

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