Mental illness in Australian households is rising at a rate that is almost twice the national average, according to a new report.
The Mental Health Foundation said there were more than 1.3 million Australians with a diagnosis of a mental health condition, up from 1.2 million in 2015.
“We’ve got more than a million Australians in hospital for some form of mental health issue,” said Dr Andrew Fries, the foundation’s chief executive.
Dr Fries said the number of people with mental illness had increased dramatically since the late 1970s, when a series of government-funded initiatives aimed at reducing the incidence of the illness and treating it more effectively began to take hold.
“People who have been living with this condition for a long time are much more likely to be living with it in a very, very distressed state,” he said.
“It’s much more common in younger people and older people and it’s more prevalent in the more affluent areas.”
Dr Fues said there had been an increase in the number and severity of mental illnesses in recent years, with more people going through “psychological trauma”.
“They’ve got trauma to their lives that has affected their health, to their family, to friends, and also to their workplaces and their social relationships,” he told ABC News Breakfast.
It’s not just about the diagnosisDr Fumbers said while the number one problem was the diagnosis of mental ill health, the more serious problem was being diagnosed as having a mental illness.
“The more serious the diagnosis, the higher the rates of those being diagnosed are,” he explained.
“[It] does create an emotional and social stress for people.”
We’re seeing it with families, and we’re seeing with patients in mental health units, and it is an emotional stress for them as well.
“Dr C.J. Spivak from the National Mental Health Institute said mental health was a very complex and complex condition.”
A diagnosis is an assessment of a person’s mental health,” he advised.”
There are so many factors that go into the diagnosis and it depends on a lot of different factors and circumstances.
“But there is also the possibility that there is a diagnosis that is made on the basis of symptoms and the need to treat a particular person.”
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