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Question by autumneveangel92: what are some major flaws in the mental health care system?
so the mental health care system obviously has a lot of issues that leaves people with mental illnesses unable to get the help they so desperately need. what are some of the biggest problems with the mental health care system, what are some of the biggest obstacles that prevent people from getting treatment, and most importantly, what can mental health care workers, hospitals, health insurance companies, and doctors do to improve the quality of mental health treatment and solve these problems?
thanks!
also, if you could please include some resources for me, that would be great. thanks! =)

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Answer by lil bit
Resource: Advocacy for Mental Health
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Comments (4)

  1. JCMom said on 08-02-2014

    My father-in-law has a mental illness. The problem that we face is that he doesn’t get violently ill, just talks crazy and isn’t right. He won’t sleep, just talks out of his mind, writes on himself with markers, all kinds of things. To get him help, we have to take him to the ER, then a counselor has to see him. If they don’t think that he needs help, he simply doesn’t get it. We got him into a mental hospital for about three days this last time. When they released him, he was acting the same as when he was admitted. They couldn’t have possibly made an assessment in just three days, they didn’t even change his medicine. We would like to see a place where you could take people directly and be more involved in their care. The staff should put more credence in the opinions of the family members. When we say that this person isn’t acting right, listen to us. What do you do with people like that? I wish we knew.

  2. XxDorkyxPoiplexEmoxDinosaurusxX said on 08-02-2014

    One major issue is that they don’t diagnose young people. My sister suffered for years before they would diagnose her because they just assumed she was too young.

    Another is that they want money money money! Most drug addicts are people with mental illnesses that need to be helped before they can get off drugs because that’s how they cope. You can’t expect a drug addict to pay for it, and it crushes the family when the addict comes to them and say they want help, but the family can’t afford it either.

  3. Monica said on 08-02-2014

    One factor is the economy. Counselors, especially those serving in community mental health centers are being forced to take considerably more clients, because cutbacks have forced layoffs. This means that people that see a counselor once a week often have to wait up to a month between sessions. While the old 3-4 times a week is excessive in most cases, it is also hard to develop a good client-counselor relationship if neither party sees each other often enough.

  4. Michelle S said on 08-02-2014

    There is a shortage of psychiatrists compared to other specialists. Not many doctors go into psychiatry.

    One of the biggest obstacles of people getting treatment is the sick person themselves. People with the diagnoses of Schizophrenia and Bi-polar disorder often don’t believe they are sick and are delusional. They may believe that the medical system are out to hurt them.

    Even people who feel they need to see a mental health professional may not because of the stigma attached to it. A person who is diagnosed with depression and receiving medication for it may be denied disability insurance as depression is a big reason for absences from work.

    Because resources are limited, if a psychotic person appears in the emergency ward, they usually only get admitted if they are a danger to themselves or others. Otherwise, they get let go.

    Even a depressed person may not get the help they need unless they actually try to kill themselves.

    More money is needed to hospitals for mental health services, and also money for community support to hire mental health nurses and doctors who go to patients homes and make sure they are taking their medications.

    You can contact the patient advocate in most hospitals or write your local politician to advocate for more money or resources for mental health.

    Hope this is helpful.

    Michelle,
    http://www.ultimatementalhealth.net
    http://www.stressandyourhealth.org

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