The news that Donald Trump’s mental health was deteriorating is a wake-up call for everyone involved with mental health care, says psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Shirey.
It should come as no surprise that we are seeing a resurgence of depression and anxiety disorders in our country, Shirea told Newsweek.
But the reality is that we can’t really predict how long these disorders will persist.
“When I think about depression and its symptoms, it’s a pretty straightforward concept: a lack of interest in things, a tendency to take life too seriously, and an inability to take time to think about the world,” Shirees told Newsweek, noting that it’s also linked to poor self-image and lack of confidence.
“It’s a problem that affects everyone.”
“It’s just a matter of time until we’re seeing more of these cases, especially among the elderly and people with mental illness,” Shive said.
“There’s a lot of stigma associated with mental illnesses.
We’re seeing people who have these symptoms, who are depressed and anxious and anxious, come out of the closet, to the public, and to the doctor.”
Shirey has spent much of his career working with patients with mental conditions, and he told Newsweek that he believes mental health issues are becoming more and more prevalent in the U.S. in the wake of the election.
“[We’re] seeing a lot more people with psychiatric illnesses, including depression and bipolar disorder,” he said.
A Trump victory could have devastating consequences for the U to many people who depend on mental health services, including the thousands of people who rely on the government’s Medicaid expansion program, the ACA’s subsidized insurance plans for low-income Americans.
“We’ve got a lot to lose from this,” Shires said.
“I can see how the mental health community is not very optimistic about the prospects for the future of mental health in this country,” he added.
He also stressed that mental health is not a “black-and-white” issue, noting some people may be better than others at coping with depression.
But the stigma surrounding mental health disorders has been exacerbated by the media, which has made it easier for people to believe they are mentally ill when they are not.
And in the meantime, the Trump administration is working to change the laws to make it easier to access mental health treatment, according to the American Association of Clinical Psychologists.
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