Posted November 16, 2018 12:56:28 While it is still unknown how many people have this condition, it is estimated that around 5,000 people are affected by it in the US.
Dr Adam Raff said the condition is more common in people with a genetic predisposition, such as people with Down syndrome.
“They have an inherited condition that’s caused by their chromosomes and they have a genetic abnormality that’s causing that,” Dr Raff told ABC News.
“It affects the way they feel about things, and the way their body is responding to things.”
Dr Raff’s research showed that the condition affected the body’s immune system in a way that is similar to the common cold.
He said people with the condition are usually quite ill and often in a state of disorientation and in a bad way.
“When they are in the hospital and they don’t get the care they need, they end up in a lot of pain,” he said.
The condition affects around 1 in every 1,000 Australians, and Dr Ratt said it was likely more prevalent in rural and remote areas.
Dr Ratt believes that people with this condition were often stigmatised because of their genetic condition, and because they were not physically able to get the same care as the rest of the population.
“The stigma associated with Down Syndrome, and it can be a very isolating condition that people don’t feel comfortable with and people don, and that can lead to a lot more people not being able to be around people that they want to be,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“This may be an opportunity to bring awareness to people, or to put people on the map and see if this is a condition that is out there and not something that needs to be stigmatised or something that we need to be working on.”
Dr Robert MacGregor from the Queensland Department of Health said it would be important to find ways to increase the availability of care for people with mental health conditions.
“There is a need to find the best ways to help people in these circumstances,” he explained.
“And we know that many people who are suffering from mental health issues do not get the support that they need.”
Dr MacGregore said there were a number of different ways that the government could improve mental health services, including making it easier for people to get mental health treatment, and making sure that people were not discriminated against based on their condition.
“I think it’s important to recognise that we have a lot to be proud of with the improvements we’ve made to the system in the last few years,” he added.
Topics:mental-health,community-and-society,health,mental-behaviour,diseases-and_disorders,australiaFirst posted November 16, 2019 14:20:04More stories from Northern Territory