Mental illness is a hot topic. When it comes to psychiatry there is a lot left to learn. There is a lot that psychiatrists do not understand. In order to treat patients effectively, psychiatric research has to be at the forefront of mental illness treatment. Science and technology improve and evolve every day. The same goes for the entire medical field. Psychiatry needs to be a part of the discussion.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Currently, much of the discussion around mental illness stems around diagnosis and treatment. If you plan to treat mental illness right now, odds are you would diagnose based on current symptoms. After all, it most of mental health is behavior based. While many forms of mental illness may be genetic, there is no way, so far, to tell if someone developed a mental illness based on genetics.
This may eventually change. For instance, scientists hope that mental illness may be identified through identifying particular genes. This would be an incredible advancement compared to how doctors have to handle mental illness. Sometimes, a patient will not realize that he or she has a mental illness until serious symptoms have already manifested. The idea is that with the right research and the ability to make an early diagnosis, you can treat the illness quicker.
Often, a sudden onset of mental illness symptoms can completely disrupt a person’s life. It may lead to the person quitting school, losing his or her job and otherwise being an unproductive member of society. To diagnose early would help that person to remain productive. The symptoms would be treated before they began.
Psychiatry is a field that continues to grow and to evolve. Many researchers look forward to a day where it is easier to diagnose an illness. In terms of treatment, it is much easier to treat someone in the early stages than it is later on. This is the same for any physical illness and mental illnesses are no different. Researchers will continue to make advances towards better mental health care.