Assumptions and mistakes in reviews and assessments
Every time I have a diagnostic assessment or a review they type up a summary of what was talked about, how my mood seemed, what I was wearing all objective versus subjective opinions. i.e. Mood: subjectively depressed, objective mood a bit anxious and low. What I never understand is why it's always the objective (psychiatrist's) view which is taken as how I am when they have just spent 1 hour with me out of the days/weeks and months I've spent LIVING the mood and that I've been there before many times and know that mood too well.
Small errors in reviews over years totally create a picture of what could be an entirely different person...I told one doctor that I'd managed to get a job but had been sacked within weeks for being unreliable (a common problem with lots of physical AND mental health issues). The summary said " C said she had recently been offered a job but had turned it down"
Every subsequent review or assessment is based upon the "experts" previous summary and even the last example about the job shows how these mistakes can alter the perception of someone. Losing a job because your health let you down AGAIN and leaves you feeling hopeless that you'll never be able. Being offered a job (especially as it was in a sector I loved) and turning it down isn't even trying and on paper or makes it seem that there's no point in psychiatric help as I'm not helping myself.
I'm still struggling for a diagnosis 6 or 7 years after first referral to the mental health team because of all these conflicting and incorrect reports.
All I really want is for them to stop batting 2 diagnoses back and forth and concentrate on the symptoms because over time left untreated these symptoms are becoming/ have become much more severe.
I don't know how it works in the US (I know there's lots of people from the US on this site) but here in the UK it's hard to even get to see a shrink and if you do you don't get to choose who or someone who specialises in your particular needs. You certainly don't get to challenge them or call them on mistakes made in what is your official mental health history and what medications are prescribed from and diagnoses formed.
If I visited a podiatrist (foot specialist) and they diagnosed laryngitis it'd be about the same in physical health
Does anyone else feel this helpless and misunderstood? In a previous post someone mentioned having to become your own doctor.. it's so true I have had to study almost enough to ACTUALLY be a shrink 🤔 I wish everyone a speedy arrival at a correct diagnosis from someone who listens and then the best treatment for YOU and your symptoms ❤️ #Misdiagnosis #reviews #incorrectasessment #symptoms