A former University of Pennsylvania graduate and now M.D. claims that depression and bi-polar illness are often attributed to what may simply be an inactive thyroid gland. Such misdiagnosis has resulted in a large number of errors in the prescription of anti-depression medications. This in turn has led to a large number of adverse reactions to the drugs and such reactions have often led to hospitalizations.
Thyroid problems appear to be common. Approximately 10 percent of Americans suffer from thyroid deficiency or imbalance. However, instead of making a correct diagnosis, the symptoms from the thyroid problems are attributed to depression. Such misdiagnosis could occur in up to 40 percent of the cases where the symptoms are attributed to depression. Thyroid medicines, as it turns out, are safer and generally less expensive than the depression medications frequently prescribed.
Unfortunately, misdiagnosis in the medical profession concerning any number of illnesses and symptoms has become commonplace. However, the consequences of such a misdiagnosis can lead to health consequences more severe than the illness that is alleged. Medical providers need to be held accountable for the physical and mental suffering that has occurred as a result of a failure to diagnose. Such lawsuits tend to be extremely complex because it sometimes pits one doctor's testimony against another. However, attorneys experienced in the area can often help such individuals seek compensation.
The means of distinguishing between thyroid problems and depression has advanced. Some such means now even exist on the internet and can be ordered for home testing. Still, hopefully such home testing never becomes a better alternative than seeing a doctor.
Source: PRWeb, "Natural Medicine Claims Medication Errors Raise Questions About Thyroid," by Richard L. Shames, M.D., Nov. 18, 2011