Lewy body dementia can be confused with the dementia that results from Alzheimer's disease. In fact, a recent survey from the Lewy Body Dementia Association found that 80% of participants with LBD were misdiagnosed as having Alzheimer's. These patients had to see an average of three doctors before receiving an accurate diagnosis. Ohio residents may want to hear about the experiences of one patient advocate who was similarly misdiagnosed.
Schizophrenia is a chronic and debilitating mental illness, but a study published recently in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice suggests that many of the patients in Ohio and around the country who are told that they suffer from it are misdiagnosed. After studying the case histories of 58 patients who were told by their general practitioner's that they suffer from schizophrenia, researchers from Maryland's Johns Hopkins University found that 26 of them were only suffering from either a mood disorder or anxiety.