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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Failure to diagnose mental illness

    Mental illness is something that cannot always be seen by other people. It may be seen in the consequences it has for individuals who suffer in one way or another. For example it could lead to phobias or anxiety, or perhaps depression. It can manifest in lots of different ways.

    Mental illnesses are very different from physical ones in that they cannot always be viewed by someone else. For example someone with anxiety may seem completely normal to another person – unless they happen to see them in the middle of an anxiety attack. Even someone with schizophrenia might seem fine when they are in between attacks or on medication. However this would not be the case if that person was suffering from a severe attack that led them to believe things were happening that were actually not taking place at all.

    The effects on a person’s life will depend on what type of mental illness they have and how quickly it can be diagnosed and treated. Different treatments are available for different people, and these are chosen according to the particular illness and its severity. The sooner treatment is sought the better the outcome could potentially be.

    What effects would undiagnosed mental illness have on your life?

    It would depend on what type of mental illness you have. Depression is a common occurrence and can be severe, affecting every area of your life. Anxiety can be similarly upsetting and affect you in lots of ways, both physically and mentally. As such any mental illness can be disabling in one way or another. If you are suffering and ask for advice and there is a failure to diagnose mental illness it could have marked consequences for you, both now and in the future.

    If you want professional legal advice contact Accident Advice Helpline now

    We all know that prompt treatment for any medical condition – whether physical or mental – is the solution to getting better. If you feel you have not received this treatment as a result of a failure to diagnose mental illness you are entitled to seek no-obligation advice from experts. Get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline now by calling our free 24/7 enquiry line on 0800 689 0500 for more information. We may be able to support you through a claim that could lead to compensation for your experience. Contact us now to find out more, or take our 30-second online test.

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    Date Published: August 27, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Category: Medical negligence claim

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