So you think you’ve been misdiagnosed. Now what?
I wish I could tell you the the fields of general medicine and psychiatry are flawless. I wish I could tell you that misdiagnosis is rare and that, as long as you seek professional help, you’ll receive the quality care you need and deserve. Unfortunately, however, this isn’t the case. In fact, one study showed that “69 percent of patients with bipolar disorder are misdiagnosed initially and more than one-third remained misdiagnosed for 10 years or more.” Additionally, Current Psychiatry reports that “Studies have found that 26% to 45% of patients referred for ‘depression’ did not meet diagnostic criteria for a depressive illness.” Because of the alarming rates of misdiagnosis across the field of psychiatry, my advice to you and to anyone who believes they may have been misdiagnosed with a mental illness is to find another physician, another psychiatrist, or another professional who understands the intricacies of mental health and who is willing to take the time to listen to and address your concerns. If at all possible, before beginning with any prescribed or recommended therapy, I encourage everyone to seek out a second opinion.
So You Think You've Been Misdiagnosed. Now What?
This page will be the resource center for individuals who believe they have been misdiagnosed with a mental health condition. I want to ensure that you feel that your concerns are being heard and that you have the resources you need in order to receive the best care possible. If you can think of any, please leave a comment below letting me know what resources you, as an individual who believes himself or herself to be misdiagnosed, need to enjoy optimal health. I’ll see what we can do and post all new resources on this page (in addition to placing them on the Resources page, of course) so that you can see all of the resources pertaining to this topic in one location.