Every year, one in every five Australian adults suffers from a mental disease. Mental illness affects about 45% of Australian adults at some point in their lives.
The most common mental illnesses experienced by Australian adults are anxiety, mood disorders (such as depression), and drug use disorders.
Siobhan Davidson was 21 when she was first to let down by the mental health system. Her experience echoes the experiences of many young Australians who are suffering from mental illness.
"I was living in poverty with no financial help from my family — it was extremely stressful and damaging to my self-esteem. I had nothing else in my life because I was so focused on studying and earning enough money to get by.”
Siobhan said that it was nonsense to take the psychological sessions because the financial burden was greater than the help.
A discussion on mental health in Australia on Reddit had many citizens complaining. One user shared his story: “In September, I went to my GP for my depression. After being referred back in September, I eventually saw a psychiatrist in February.”
"Well, what do you want me to do about it?" the psychiatrist says, verbatim, after seeing him for three sessions and paying $1,000.
“My psychiatrist has completely fobbed me off and will no longer see me, suggesting that I solve my problem of having no one in my life who cares about me by taking five-minute walks every day.”
“Despite specifically seeking a mental health plan from my GP five months ago, It’s almost been five months and I still don't have a proper mental health diagnosis or mental health plan.”
People asked different questions from him about his health: Was the individual you saw a psychologist or, more likely, a psychiatrist (a medical practitioner who specializes in psychiatry and can prescribe medications)?
Many people confuse the two, and there is a significant difference; in fact, people are confusing the two and misunderstanding mental health treatment plans even in this thread.
People said to that user: “Yes, you are correct. A mental-health-care strategy is a referral from your doctor for subsidized sessions, generally with a psychologist, so you don't have to pay full price for sessions under Medicare.”
“When they run out and you have to pay full price, it becomes an expensive subscription service.”
Published on: February 22, 2022