Mental illness goes undetected

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 29th Sep 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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There is a growing problem of undetected mental illness and misdiagnosis in Canada and the U.S.

Mental disorders

People who suffer from mental disorders come from all walks of life. There are people who are homemakers or working people, there people who rent and people who owned their own homes and there are the two mental hospitals; Hopital Louis H Lafontaine and the Douglas hospital that are overflowing. Statistic Canada says many of Montreal homeless suffer from mental disorders.

Mood and anxiety disorders are primarily on the rise and new research shows that Canadian doctors including Montreal doctors are leaving many of the people afflicted with these disorders untreated; leaving Montrealers suffering with the illness for years.

Note: This phenomenon is not restricted to Montreal it is happening all over the world.

Mental disorders go undetected

According to a Canadian study which studies subjects in three provinces:

  • 65.9 per cent with a major depressive disorder
  • 92.7 per cent with bipolar disorder
  • 85.8 per cent with panic disorder
  • 71.0 per cent with generalized anxiety disorder
  • 97.8 per cent with social anxiety disorder

The people were classified as misdiagnosed when they met the criteria yet were never given a diagnosis.

There is definitely a need for better detection screening tools. Dr. Martin Katzman of Toronto's Clinic for Mood and Anxiety Disorders says this is unacceptable, Canadians, including Montrealers would never accept medical illnesses like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease go undetected so why does it go on with mental illness?

Better screening tools

Dr. Monica Vermani believes the problem could be that doctors are just too pressed for time to do proper diagnoses because patients complain of physical issues and so they are tested for these conditions, or the tests we are using is not refined enough to locate the mental health issues.

Then Montrealers as well as other Canadians will self-medicate with alcohol and other substances which will also disguise the underlying mental illness.

The researchers are now looking into creating better mental health screening tools.


Anxiety Disorders, Mental Illness, Mental Illness Misdiagnosis, Misdiagnosis, Mood Disorders, Undectected Mental Illness

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author avatar Carol Roach
Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Sep 2015 (#)

The pressures of modern life affect almost all and many, I feel, slip into mental illnesses without their knowledge and leave them not getting needed treatment - siva

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
29th Sep 2015 (#)

Nowadays there is nothing to prevent it, our stressed and economic woes in this life really contribute to its illness

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author avatar Shamarie
30th Sep 2015 (#)

This is a serious problem!

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