This is a bit of a frightening read…but I think it’s an important one. The idea that someone may have difficulty getting proper PHYSICAL medical care because of people’s prejudices against a mental health diagnosis…even “professionals”! 😦
I really love this post from the National Organization for Rare Diseases about the delay a lot of patients have in getting a diagnosis. It prominently features a discussion about how often people with symptoms of rare diseases are misdiagnosed with mental illness. That impressed me because mainstream (non-psych) health groups rarely address the rampant discrimination people with mental illnesses face in getting treatment for physical problems. (This excellent NYT article also talks about discrimination people with mental illness face in getting health care and is well worth a read.)
I’ve dealt with two rare diseases: a brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM) that’s now fixed, and ulcerative colitis, a chronic autoimmune disease. I also live with moderate asthma and chronic pain from a back injury. Then there’s the mental illnesses. My current diagnoses are dissociative identity disorder (DID), complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD), and major depressive disorder (MDD).
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