Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment: Misdiagnosis and a Need for Enhanced Diagnostic Screening

08:00 16 April in Diagnosis, doctor, Health, Medicine

A cross-sectional study to determine the incidence of major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder and to assess their detection rates in the Canadian primary care setting found that of the 840 primary care patients assessed:

  • 27.2 percent met criteria for major depressive disorder
  • 11.4 percent met criteria for bipolar disorder
  • 12.6 percent met criteria for panic disorder
  • 31.2 percent met criteria for generalized anxiety disorder
  • 16.5 percent met criteria for social anxiety disorder.


However, the rates of misdiagnosis were:

  • 65.9 percent for major depressive disorder
  • 92.7 percent for bipolar disorder
  • 85.8 percent for panic disorder
  • 71 percent for generalized anxiety disorder
  • 97.8 percent for social anxiety disorder.


It has been reported that patients with an anxiety disorder are 3 to 5 times more likely to visit their doctor than those without an anxiety disorder, but their symptoms are often attributed to physical causes. Depression, whose core symptoms of fatigue, decreased energy and a lack of motivation are often believed to be the result of physical causes, can many times lead a primary care physician to view the possible diagnosis as purely physical as opposed to mental. Misdiagnosis of mental health conditions in the Canadian primary care setting remains a problem, with the need to enhance diagnostic screening for such conditions presenting itself as a result.

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