With nearly 1 in 3 persons in Alberta seeking treatment for mental health issues, and an unknown number more who are undiagnosed or untreated, it's clear that there's a problem that needs addressed pertaining to mental health in Alberta. Alberta Health Services (AHS) reports that these numbers -- while shocking -- are actually underestimates of the actual mental health problem facing the province of Alberta. AHS goes on to say that the numbers can never be accurate due to the individuals that don't use the socialized health care system and instead rely on treatment from private physicians or mental health therapists. The prevalence of disorders was mostly stacked in the favor of anxiety disorders (28.8-percent of all cases) -- such as generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, or phobias -- mood disorders (20.1-percent of all cases) -- such as clinical depression and bipolar disorder -- impulse control disorders (24.8-percent of all cases) -- such as sexual compulsion, kleptomania, and pyromania -- and substance abuse disorders (14.6-percent of all cases) -- such as alcohol or drug addiction. The top five reasons Albertans sought medical help for mental illness were (in order):
- Developmental Disorders
- Substance Abuse
- Adjustment Disorders
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