Common Types Of Diagnostic Errors

The 2019 Medical Conference provided an avenue for healthcare professionals to interact and discuss diagnosis improvement and enhance safety in medicine. Doctors and other medical experts have the ultimate responsibility for accurately diagnosing their patients. Unfortunately, lapses do occur and may result in diagnostic errors. 


As much as doctors try to prevent mistakes in their diagnosis, it can still happen. And it can be detrimental to a person’s life. Patients can have an incorrect or delayed diagnosis and not receive any treatment at all for their condition. This shortcoming may lead to patients’ symptoms continuing, brushing off the pain they have, or worse, their death.

We must know the types of diagnostic errors to make sure that receiving the help and treatment we deserve. And if we fail to receive it, we have the right to make complaints and hold medical professionals accountable for their actions.  

Late Diagnosis
Delayed diagnosis is one of the more common examples of diagnostic lapses. This situation occurs when doctors eventually correct their diagnosis after a significant amount of time. Due to this error, patients don’t receive proper treatment and may perform activities that can cause more harm to their health. 

Failure To Address Complications
When the doctor makes an accurate diagnosis but fails to recognize certain complications and factors, it can result in further aggravation of the patient’s condition.  

Missed Diagnosis
Missed diagnosis transpires when the medical professional is unable to make a diagnosis for their patient and let them go. This error may result in the patient not getting timely and accurate treatment for their condition.


Incorrect Diagnosis
A doctor may diagnose a patient with an incorrect illness. For example, a doctor may diagnose a person with cancer even though he/she is cancer-free. Misdiagnosis may also happen in an emergency room where its effect may be more imminent.    

Inability To Diagnose An Unrelated Disease
This situation happens when a doctor successfully detects one of the diseases a patient has but misses another unrelated second disease. 

Inability To Diagnose A Related Disease
This situation happens when a doctor successfully detects one of the diseases a patient has but misses another related illness. 

There are many factors why diagnostic errors happen. Some of these factors are related to the limited access of patients to quality health care, unavailability of diagnostic tests, lack of communication between the doctor and the patient, and lack of means to have a follow-up.

How I Realized That I Needed To See A Therapist

Everybody has their issues. Most of us can manage them well enough to get by day-to-day. However, some of us need an extra push. I found myself struggling for years before I realized that I needed a professional to help me out. Here are signs I saw that showed I needed to see a therapist.

My Emotions Were All Over The Place


I didn’t immediately realize that my emotions were all over the place. After all, it’s difficult to notice things about yourself immediately unless someone points it out. But when I did, I saw that it was difficult for me to manage my feelings. When I was angry, I was furious and impatient. When I was sad, I didn’t get out of bed until I was late for work.

I realize what Sarah Rumpf, MA, LPCC used to say, “You’re considering therapy because something doesn’t feel right. You want relief, healing, or increased insight.” I sought help to be able to take control of my emotions better. This commitment meant having to deal with sadness and anger healthily. We don’t have to feel happy all the time – that’s unnatural. We have to learn how to express negative emotions in a way that doesn’t hurt others or ourselves.

I Lost Interest In My Hobbies

When it came to hobbies I loved, I can tell you that I had a long list of them. I played sports, went to the movies, read books daily, and wasn’t so bad when it came to video games either. However, I slowly lost interest in these activities over time. I didn’t pick up the controller anymore, barely got through a couple of pages of a book, and stopped going outside to play.

Somehow, my favorite past times didn’t feel the same. They didn’t give me the feeling of joy as they used to. I first thought that I was only too caught up with work to enjoy them properly. Sometimes, I felt that I outgrew some of my hobbies.

But when I started seeing a therapist, these feelings improved. I picked up a book and got to finish it. I went to see movies with friends again. It wasn’t that these things didn’t make me happy anymore. I had problems that I needed to deal with first so that I could accept the joy that my hobbies bring.

I Had Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms


Everyone one of us has a way of coping with stress or sadness. Some of us like to go out with friends and or take some time off to ourselves. And then there are those people who turn to harmful activities to deal with what life throws at them. Jennifer Bradley, Psy.D., HSPP, Clinical Psychologist  once said, “When we are imbalanced, we develop various types of difficulties, including psychological and/or physical symptoms, and we begin to use ineffective or damaging coping mechanisms.” I agree!

My unhealthy coping mechanism was spending and avoiding the problems I had. Alcohol also seemed to be a constant in my life at some point. When I felt like I had a bad day at work, I’d tell myself that I deserved a drink or a new pair of shoes. These would cheer me up for a while, but I was ultimately running away from the issue.

Thankfully, seeing a therapist helped me find healthier ways of dealing with problems. Clearing my head with meditation and exercise was better than numbing it with alcohol. Learning to be brave enough to confront the problem also kept me from overspending and compulsive purchases.

Bad Days Turned Into Weeks

It started as a rough day at work. Then this problem turned into a bad week. From there, I found that I was having a tough couple of weeks – yes, plural – in general. We all know that it’s normal to go through a rough patch. But when you see that it’s been difficult for a long time now, it may be time to ask for professional help.

My Friends And Family Pointed It Out


Many of us like to keep our problems to ourselves. You want to know that you can keep things under control, right? But as someone else starts to notice, you know it’s a big problem.

At some point, my best friend and I were hanging out when she pointed out that she was concerned for me. This comment surprised me as I thought I was handling my issues well enough for others not to notice. My best friend told me she saw me becoming moodier and picking up a few harmful habits such as drinking. This experience was a wake-up call that I needed to do something – see a therapist. “Finding a therapist is the first step in helping to crawl out from under depression.” Susan Block, LMFT said. Well, she was right.


It’s important to point out that our experiences are different from one another. I sought professional help because I found myself struggling in many ways. These issues included not being able to manage my emotions, losing interest in my hobbies, drinking, overspending, and being generally unhappy for weeks.

It took one friend to point it out for me to realize that I needed to see a therapist. I see now what a good move it was to do so as I’ve set myself on the road to getting better. Thanks to the help I’m getting, I can work on regaining control over all aspects of my life.

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