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More diagnoses: Good or bad?

January 3, 2012
by Nick Zubko, Associate Editor
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The Winnipeg Free Press recently ran a story that said mental illness is reaching "epidemic" levels in Manitoba, with the number of citizens who have been diagnosed with some form of mental health problem rising 56% between 1995 and 2010.

Dr. Rehman Abdulrehman, president-elect of the Psychological Association of Manitoba, told the newspaper the percentages don't necessarily mean that more people are afflicted with mental illnesses, but simply point to a higher "level of awareness."

Still, when the media calls attention to the steady rise in diagnoses, is it really seen as an indication of progress, or is it a sign of something else? And does the average person know the difference?

Let us know what you think.

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Many people think we are overdiagnosed and overmedicated. The diagnostic categories don't always fit neatly, but people clearly have problems they need help with.

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Nick Zubko is associate editor of Behavioral Healthcare.