The complexity of arriving at a correct psychiatric diagnosis in cases in which physical and mental disorders are interrelated is discussed. A case is presented in which a psychiatric diagnosis had been made and malingering suspected, although the patient actually had a severe neurological disorder. The psychiatric diagnosis had not been changed despite recurrent medical and psychological examinations which clearly indicated a physical disorder. The difficulties that follow misdiagnosing organic disorders as psychiatric disorders are illustrated. Various aspects of the effects of psychiatric misdiagnosis on functional, legal and civil aspects of life are discussed. Emphasis is given to the problems facing those discharged from military service for medical reasons, especially mental disorders. Important measures are currently being applied to overcome some of these problems. It is strongly emphasized that there is need for greater openness and tolerance among psychiatrists when making psychiatric diagnoses.
|Pages (from-to)||15-20, 79|
|State||Published - Jul 1995|