Many people might find it difficult to go seek help for a mental disorder that they may have. Obtaining a diagnosis is the first step in receiving treatment. Going to a physician’s office may be the first step, but not the last. Sometimes, mental disorders will be misdiagnosed for other similar conditions. Misdiagnosis occurs in almost every medical setting. There are no specific statistics about the number of mental disorders that go undiagnosed, but it happens.
Misdiagnosing a medical condition can make a person suffer a great harm. A mental disorder is something that needs to be taken care of immediately. Some mental disorders can create a person certain thoughts that may even lead to their death. The medical malpractice litigators know the disastrous effects that a misdiagnosis can have on a patient and are here to serve those in Orlando who suffered an injury as a result.
Mental Disorders Prone To Be Misdiagnosed
Some mental disorders are more prone to be misdiagnosed than others due to the similar symptoms that they have with other medical conditions. The following mental disorders tend to be mostly misdiagnosed:
Bipolar is a disorder that brings highs and lows in a person’s mood. One second they may be happy and another second they may be mad. A study found that about 69% of patients are misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder. It took about five to seven years to properly diagnose these patients. Bipolar disorder tends to be misdiagnosed with Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder(ADHD) or Unipolar depression.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is a chronic condition that brings a person hyperactivity, difficulty in paying attention, and instances of impulsiveness. Studies found that many people are diagnosed with ADHD even though they do not have it. Children tend to be the ones who are misdiagnosed the most with ADHD because they are just going through a growth spurt and are acting immature. ADHD is often misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and depression.
Anxiety is the most common disorder present in the United States. In fact, it impacts about 18% of Americans. Although it is the most common disorder, it can take a while to be properly diagnosed with anxiety. Anxiety brings a person feelings and emotions of fear or worry that interfere with their lives because they are so strong. Anxiety is often misdiagnosed with depression or it is not diagnosed at all.
Borderline Personality Disorder occurs when a person has problems in regulating their emotions. This lack of regulation leads to impulsive acts, instability, unstable mood swings, and relationships that are not stabled. It can cause a person to self-harm. A borderline personality disorder is often misdiagnosed with unipolar depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, or bipolar disorder.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, “Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault”. PTSD is often misdiagnosed for other mental disorders that have similar symptoms. It tends to be misdiagnosed with bipolar depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and depression.
Serving Misdiagnosed Patients in Orlando
A mental disorder that is misdiagnosed can have serious repercussions for a person. Many mental disorder can cause a person to self-harm and if it is not treated in time, a person can die. A mental disorder like any other medical condition should be diagnosed properly and in a timely manner. This is an issue that the lawyers at Percy Martinez Law Firm vigorously fight for.