National IT Professionals Day part 1: Using IT systems to assist mental health care

National IT Professionals Day part 1: Using IT systems to assist mental health care

Technological advances are constantly being adopted in the medical field. However, when it comes to mental health care, these advances are slight. Despite legislation encouraging the implementation of information technology (IT) in this field, various issues keep hospitals, doctors and patients from using it to the fullest extent possible. In honor of National IT Professionals Day, which takes place on the third Tuesday of September each year, the ways in which technology can be used to improve quality and access to mental health care are being explored on a deeper level. Read more

BPD underdiagnosed in men

BPD underdiagnosed in men

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental health condition noted for its prevalence among women. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition indicates that 75 percent of BPD cases are diagnosed in females. For this reason, men struggling with BPD are often misdiagnosed and undertreated. As author and researcher Randi Kreger explains, “Most therapists are clueless that men also have BPD even though the most conservative estimates say in four BPD sufferers is male.” The National Institutes of Health (NIH) supports this statistic, reporting that approximately 75 percent of individuals diagnosed with BPD are female. This is partially due to the fact that the disorder presents itself differently in males than in females. The stigma and lack of understanding surrounding this reality makes its true prevalence in the male population unknown.

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