By Alexia M. GennaroThe Associated PressThe mental health system is grappling with a crisis of untreated mental illness.
And it appears to be a crisis that’s being fueled by an often-unspoken but very real culture of denial.
Mental health professionals and their clients have long known that mental illness can affect everyone.
But what’s been less understood is how this may have affected the way we treat patients and what the consequences might be.
We know that many people with mental illness are struggling to function.
They are often unable to function in social situations, often unable or unwilling to leave the house.
They have difficulty completing basic tasks.
And they are often anxious about their treatment.
So how can we address these issues without treating them like they are a problem?
What’s causing this culture of stigma?
A survey conducted by the American Psychiatric Association found that just 15% of respondents said they knew someone who had been diagnosed with depression.
And a whopping 86% of those who knew someone with depression did not have any treatment options.
In many cases, this means that patients are either left in the dark about the condition or don’t even know they have it.
And while the mental health community has acknowledged that the stigma surrounding mental illness is real, it often fails to recognize the ways in which it contributes to the epidemic.
A survey by the National Alliance on Mental Illness found that only 15% people who were diagnosed with a mental illness said they had considered suicide.
This statistic does not even account for people who have been referred for mental health care.
Many people are reluctant to seek help, even when they know they need it.
The stigma is also perpetuated by what psychologists call “prejudice avoidance.”
The stigma of depression can make it hard to seek care, particularly when it is time-consuming.
If someone is suffering, there is a sense of guilt that the person who has been diagnosed is somehow responsible for their condition.
When patients do seek help from their healthcare provider, there can be stigma attached to the conversation.
Many mental health professionals who work with patients say that the reluctance to seek treatment is compounded by the fact that they are dealing with a patient with a diagnosis of depression.
“It can be really frustrating when we don’t know what the best course of action is,” said Nancy Tompkins, a clinical psychologist who has worked with patients with depression for more than 20 years.
“You don’t want to talk about it to your patients because you don’t have the tools to do that.
You just don’t.”
Tompkins said that many patients are reluctant in their treatment because they are afraid of the stigma that may accompany a diagnosis.
It can also be hard to accept that they have a problem.
“There are a lot of people who are struggling with mental health who don’t believe they have the illness,” Tompkin said.
“And when they do, they’re really not willing to say it out loud, but they’re embarrassed about it.”
Treatment for depression is often more difficult than for other mental illnesses because of the way that it is diagnosed.
A person diagnosed with bipolar disorder is not likely to be treated the same way as someone with an anxiety disorder.
A patient with depression may not be able to attend appointments with a psychiatrist, and even if they do manage to make it to the appointment, they may not receive the same level of care as someone who has a milder depression.
In some cases, treatment may be much more complicated than others, because depression is a chronic illness that requires medication for a long time.
For people with depression, treatment can be a two-way street.
There are no clear guidelines for treatment.
And many mental health providers and patients say they have trouble understanding how people with this illness feel about their mental health, which can make treatment even more difficult.
In order to address the problem of untreated depression, mental health experts say it is critical to understand the nature of depression and the mental illnesses it affects.
Misdiagnosis of depression is the leading cause of disability in the U.S.
And there are clear guidelines that suggest what is considered “normal” for a mental health diagnosis.
These guidelines have been widely used by healthcare professionals and the American Association of Clinical Psychologists.
But for many people, the guidelines are too vague.
They may refer to a person having a diagnosis that is not necessarily normal, and they may also include people who don, for example, have a history of substance abuse or depression.
This leaves many people in a dilemma: Do they need more help, or do they need less help?
A lack of understanding can also lead to discrimination and exclusion.
Many employers and employers of mental health staff are hesitant to hire people with a severe mental illness or are reluctant or even hostile to the idea of working with people who may have a mental disorder.
A 2016 survey by CareerBuilder found that 70% of employers say they do not hire candidates with a history or recent history of mental illness in the past year