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The costs of mental illness

By: | Published: July 27, 2015 12:17 AM

The costs of mental illness
Apropos of your recent edit “Depression development”, one of the reasons behind why mental illnesses are so hard to diagnose is that they are understudied. Many people fail to recognise early signs of such illnesses and only report them when the signs become very apparent. So, even the academics are only exposed to these after a certain degree of development. Thus, many people, who could have received help early one, find themselves teetering on the verge of complete and thorough breakdown of sanity. So, it is very good news that there is a computer programme that can detect depression even when psychiatrists fail to do so. Maybe, as the more hitherto unrecognised signs are noticed in correlation with the condition, a more comprehensive check-list can help diagnose it early in a patient. The developers of the programme should look at coding a similar one for other mental illnesses. It would greatly benefit afflicted individuals, and society, too. Over 90% of suicide cases are linked to depression. That is indeed a hefty human resource cost to any economy. And when people suffer from debilitating mental disorders, they fail to work at their full potential, thereby causing a notional loss (through diminished productivity) to the economy. It is in the interest of nations to look at ways to curb and cure mental illness.
Prahlad Bhasin

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