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12-20-2012, 10:14 AM
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the biggest obstacle to appropriate treatment of mental illness is that making an accurate diagnosis is extremely labor intensive. I can diagnose chronic sinustits in one 15 minute office visit but proper diagnosis of mental illness can take multiple sessions lasting hours of cumulative time, and thats only to establish a diagnosis... treatment is often even more labor intensive. there just arent enough providers, nor enough money to pay those providers to spend all that time on one patient.

the one positive that inpatient psychiatric facilities had (they used to be called asylums) is the patients got seen daily over long periods of time and accurate diagnoses were possible....

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