Despite all the advances in medical science and technology, diagnosis remains as much art as it is science. While some medical illnesses can be diagnosed with a blood test or MRI, too many illnesses, both medical and mental, share common symptoms. When a doctor’s diagnosis relies on the symptoms that the patient reports, there’s unfortunate room for error.
It’s always advisable to rule out medical causes for symptoms that are routinely thought of as psychological. For example, such symptoms as fatigue, sadness, anxiety and irritability can also point to an underlying medical condition.
Some the most common misdiagnoses attribute a person’s symptoms as evidence of depression. Among the medical conditions that can be wrongly diagnosed as depression include: