The correct diagnosis in psychiatry

2023-12-11 08:00:02

When we approach the subject of mental health, the delay in diagnosis and diagnostic error constitute recurring problems. Indeed, from the first symptoms to diagnosis, the path can be long and winding. Thus, today there is an average of 10 years between the first symptom of bipolar disorder and the start of treatment. However, it is important not to rush the diagnosis, at the risk of it being incorrect.

What is the impact of a late diagnosis? Conversely, what could be the repercussions on the patient and their loved ones of a hasty and erroneous diagnosis?

  • Pr Florence Thibaut, Professor of psychiatry and addictology at Paris-Descartes University and hospital practitioner in the psychiatry department of Cochin Hospital (AP-HP). President of the International Association for Women’s Mental Health (International association for women’s mental health, IAWMH), Researcher at Center for Psychiatry and Neurosciences of the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm U894).
  • Marie-Jeanne Richard, President of UnafamNational Union of Families and Friends of Sick and/or Mentally Disabled People
  • Professor Samuel Mampunzaneuropsychiatrist, former dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Kinshasaformer dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the Protestant University in Congo (UPC), and current academic general secretary (vice-rector) of the UPC, current President of the African Society of Mental Health (SASM)
  • Report from Charlie Dupiot

► At the end of the showwe are talking about the launch of Compare Depression, a cohort where patients and researchers collaborate to transform the treatment of mental disorders. Interview with Dr Astrid Chevance, psychiatrist and researcher in clinical epidemiology at CRESS (research center in epidemiology and statistics)specialist in depression.

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