Although mental health disorders are treatable, a new study shows that most patients are going undiagnosed. Most medical experts believe that the negative stigma associated with mental disorders is preventing a large portion of the population from seeking out treatment, but the real reason may be related to health insurance. As it stands, nearly 12 millions US citizens don’t have health insurance, and those that are insured complain of high insurance premiums and few choices in health care providers. Low income families are nearly three times as likely to go without routine medical check-ups, which means that mental health is usually viewed as a luxury.
The month of May has been deemed as Mental Health Month in the US, and members of the medical industry are urging residents to use this opportunity to seek help. Because such a startling number of people in the United States are suffering from mental health disorders, millions of other people have also been affected. There are a lot of misconceptions about mental disorders that stop patients from getting medical care. Not all mental health disorders are treated with medication, however, the idea of meeting with a psychologist is disturbing to most.
In most cases, mental health disorders are exasperated by stress and trauma. If left untreated, disaster can occur. Some patients do not find that they have a mental disorder until after they have been charged with a crime. Although the current outlook is poor, mental health experts remain optimistic about the future of of the mental health community.