MISDIAGNOSIS OF SCHIZOPHRENIA

The following story is about a rare event where a person was diagnosed with schizophrenia but actually ended up having a brain tumor.

It is very common for people who have schizophrenia to not understand that they have schizophrenia (upwards of 50% of people who have schizophrenia don’t understand that they have schizophrenia) but occasionally the reverse it true. The lesson for all here is to make sure the psychiatrists do the proper medical diagnosis before you or someone you know is diagnosed with schizophrenia. Generally this is true – psychiatrists typically take quite a while to diagnose schizophrenia because they need to do tests to make sure the problem isn’t something else like a brain tumor. Learn as much as you can about the disease and always work to get the best possible treatment for someone who has schizophrenia.

For three hellish years I was treated for schizophrenia. But a simple blood test could have revealed the real problem. 
A True Story By LUCY LAING

WHEN Kaye Asquith was told she was suffering from schizophrenia, she was a bright young student getting top grades at school. A year later, it was revealed that a terrible mistake had been made. Kaye, now 22, who lives in Barnsley with her mother Janet, 45, a nurse, was suffering from a life threatening brain
tumour . . .

MY NIGHTMARE began when I was 14, in the summer of 1995. I’d been a happy person – I loved going to school, had lots of friends and was getting A grades at school. My ambition was to go to university.

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Manic psychosis in a patient with multiple metastatic brain tumors.

J Clin Psychiatry. 1979 Jun;40(6):280-3.

Abstract

A 45-year-old man, with neither previous psychiatric dysfunction nor a family history of manic-depressive illness, developed a manic psychosis coincident with the growth of 4 metastatic tumors in the right cerebral hemisphere. The psychosis responded well to treatment with lithium even though the metastatic lesions could not by eradicated with surgery or radiation.

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