Mental Health Problems: Is There Sufficient Care?

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Hospitals are notorious for their excessively long wait times, but how do they handle people who come in with mental health issues like panic disorder?

People with panic disorder usually have physical symptoms which can resemble those of a heart attack. They will usually breathe more quickly than normal and feel their heart racing.

A panic attack is typically very uncomfortable and alarming. For the person experiencing it, the attack can be frightening because it may seem like a heart attack– especially if it is the first time the man or woman has had a panic attack.

Panic disorder is also harmful because it can lead to fear and avoidance. People who don’t know how to cope with panic disorder may become reclusive and increasingly anxious. They may stop going out for the most part because they want to avoid having another attack. This can disrupt their personal life and even affect their work life.

A woman whose daughter suffers from multiple mental health conditions including panic disorder found that getting timely treatment in a hurry may be more difficult than you would think.

Read about the girl with panic disorder and her hospital hassle at the link found here:

http://www.theoaklandpress.com/articles/2013/01/29/news/doc51077c3e42a9b698679602.txt

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mikedavis February 13, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Hospitals often don’t take panic attacks seriously. The first severe panic attack I had, I went to the emergency room as I truly thought I was having a heart attack. It’s unbelievable how patronizing and condescending my supposed caregivers became when it was determined that it was a panic attack.

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Rich Presta February 14, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Wow, that’s too bad. I imagine in their view since a panic attack doesn’t pose any actual threat it’s low on their list of concerns in comparison to everything else they contend with, but they should certainly be more empathetic to how frightening it is.

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josjane1406 February 20, 2013 at 8:16 pm

I agree. Not only that, once a health care provider knows you have any kind of anxiety, then they think everything that is wrong with you is just in your head, a result of anxiety. I actually had a doctor tell me that I ended up in the ER for asthma attacks for the first time in my life, not because he changed my asthma medication the week before, but because of anxiety!

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Rhonda C February 14, 2013 at 2:01 am

There is definitely not sufficient care in the US, at least. I believe this is because mental illness of any type is still stigmatized. The saddest part is that it’s still stigmatized among healthcare professionals almost as much as the general population.

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ShakeNoMore February 14, 2013 at 3:08 pm

I completely agree. If it wasn’t stigmatized, states wouldn’t be looking to cut funding there quite so quickly. I think we need to reevaluate our priorities here.

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Rich Presta February 14, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Well put!

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