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Bipolar Disorder (Children and Adolescents)

Misdiagnosed

01/29/2009

Question:

I was misdiagnissed as having bipolar. Is there a way to get this diagnoses changed?

Answer:

Hello and thank you for your excellent question.

Regarding getting a diagnosis changed: yes, there should be a way to do that by writing/emailing (to keep a paper trail for records) the mental health professional who gave you the initial diagnosis of bipolar disorder and presenting your reasons for wanting this changed and the evidence for this change (i.e., a second assessment conducted by a mental health professional showing the correct diagnosis).

Hope that helps.

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Response by:

Nicholas   Lofthouse, PhD Nicholas Lofthouse, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University