Psychological Disorders and Misdiagnosis

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Psychological Disorders and Misdiagnosis
Do you suffer from any of the following symptoms: inattention, hyperactivity, impulsiveness, mood swings, irritability, or feelings of sadness or grandeur? How about aggressive behavior, sleep pattern difficulties, weight changes, negativity. Is it possible that you have poor judgment, loss of interest, or have a shortened sense of the future? Well if you think you have any of these symptoms, then odds are that you are suffering from one or more of the following psychological disorders Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Bipolar Disorder, Depression (major or clinical), or Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Don’t worry though, because help is available to you through many different routes of treatment that will not help you at all, cause new problems, or actually do some good for you.

Nowadays you see that kind of thing everywhere you go. You see it all over television commercials. Some announcer reads a bunch of common symptoms of many different illnesses or disorders and relates them back to one of them. Then thousands of Americans think they have it, go to the doctor to get diagnosed, and are told they do have this thing. The reality is that between eighty five and ninety percent of those people are perfectly healthy, when it comes to psychological disorders anyway. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, 1 in 3 Americans is diagnosed with some kind of psychological illness or disorder. This number is equivalent to 32.4% of Americans, or over 75 million people. Does this number seem too high? That’s because it is. The most common diagnoses in psychology today are ADHD, PTSD, Depression, and Bipolar Disorder. Each one of these disorders has their own varying degrees of severity and prevalence in the US. Each one of these is also diagnosed more than it should be by psychiatrists and clinical psychologists each day.

ADHD is one of the most common disorders diagnosed in America today. Children across all fifty states are diagnosed with this each day just simply because they have a hard time paying attention and are slightly hyperactive. Just because of these two common symptoms more than sixty percent of the children diagnosed with this are misdiagnosed. Being hyperactive and having a hard time paying attention are common things among children, especially in today’s day and age. Attention Deficit Disorder is also very commonly diagnosed in today’s world. Its symptoms are incredibly close to those of ADHD, with the exception of hyperactivity. This is also very commonly misdiagnosed in children. Both of these psychological diseases are all too common in adults as well. Since both of these can be diagnosed by medical doctors and psychologists, they can be diagnosed a lot and often times are misdiagnosed.

Major Depressive Disorder (depression) has been growing in diagnosis over the years. It is becoming an ever increasing problem across the United States in various age groups. The rate of depression diagnosis in children and teens has gone up over three percent in the past ten years. It has also risen by a similar amount in adults in the same span of time. The National Institute of Mental Health conducts studies every couple of years to determine the statistics of all psychological diseases. In the most recent report it showed that on average, 16.3% of teens will experience depression before they turn eighteen. Of that amount of people, 14.4% will continue to battle depression for the rest of their lives. These statistics do not include those people that were falsely diagnosed with depression. If these people were to be included, then these numbers would be significantly higher than they are now, about ten to twenty percent higher.

Bipolar disorder is a psychological disorder characterized by mild to severe mood changes within a certain time period and can be hereditary. It is a rather difficult disorder to...
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