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Tuesday, 19 March 2019
05:16:45 PM (GMT)
So, I just got done watching Brain on Fire on Netflix and it pushed me to do some
research. Did you know that there are so many people in this world that have been
diagnosed with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar, multiple personality
disorder, depression and etc .... yet they actually don't have any of them at all.
Our mental state and the way our brain functions could be caused by physical illness
or disease that we are unaware of. These things can be treated if doctors actually
took the time to investigate a patient thoroughly before sending them to a psych ward
or prescribing some sort of medication to treat mental illness.

It's so sad to think about. Could you imagine the amount of people living every
single day of their life just bed ridden, mentally handicapped, and miserable
thinking that they have a mental illness, but really they have some sort of auto
immune disorder, brain illness, etc that can be treated yet they have NO IDEA and
neither does anyone around them? Imagine someone who isn't able to communicate...
just trapped in their own mind, unable to receive the diagnosis and treatment that
they really need. Imagine all of the people in psych wards, group homes, HOMELESS
people on the street who have illnesses, disorders, and diseases that have been
misdiagnosed as something completely irrelevant. 

Why do you think we have all of these people who take antidepressants and so forth
that never get better? There has to be something deeper. For example, athletes who
experience concussions end up experiencing mental issues in relation to that. Imagine
no one knowing about the concussions or brain injury, therefor just diagnosing him or
her with MPD (multiple personality disorder) or something. Now this person has to
live the rest of their life never getting better or properly treated with an
undiagnosed illness.

So sad. SO very sad. It's like being in prison for a crime you didn't commit... There
needs to be more awareness on this issue. People are suffering everyday thinking that
it's all in their head, when really they have something going on with their body that
is resulting in their psychoactive symptoms. 

I really hope one day that people are able to receive the real help that they need,
and that doctors are more aware of this issue and actually take the time to REALLY
search for answers instead of writing another prescription, putting a generic label
on someone based on face value appearances or symptoms. Stop giving up on people.
Stop sending people to the psych wards. SO many people have been robbed of their life
for this.

Thank god for those who have people that can advocate for them. Not everyone has the
help and support of family and friends. Those who don't have an advocate are easily
tossed away and forgotten about.

Here's an interesting article to read:

https://www.bridgestorecovery.com/blog/the-dangers-of-mental-health-misdiagnosis-why-accuracy-matters/

Comments 
pussydestroyer says:   20 March 2019   839540  
i know theres a major thing where autism/adhd is often misdiagnosed
as bipolar disorder and vice versa
i cant find a source rn but its something i heard before.
 
Rugrats says:   20 March 2019   673603  
@pussydestroyer 

Yes. The diagnosis for autism can be difficult to acquire. A lot of
people are on the spectrum ranging from high to low functioning,
therefor sometimes it's hard to actually diagnose someone with autism
that is expressing signs or symptoms. It's also to note that a lot of
the symptoms for autism can resemble a multitude of things, which in
result like you said can lead to misdiagnosis. It's unfortunate. 
 
Rugrats says :   20 March 2019   736411  
important to note*
 

 
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