As awareness of 'hidden' conditions rises, research must keep up

A clinical doctor talking to a couple of patients in her office at the hospital.

INVISIBLE conditions used to be just that: hidden away, misunderstood and more often than not ignored. Not anymore. Thanks in large part to social media, awareness of everything from mental health conditions to chronic pain, fatigue to neurodiversity has never been higher.

In almost every aspect, this is all for the good. Greater awareness chips away at the stigma that has, for so long, left people suffering in silence. The support, solidarity and practical tips in online communities can also provide a lifeline for those with limited access to in-person support who might otherwise feel isolated.

But we shouldn’t ignore …