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I developed nocturnal seizures when I was 23. I was not diagnosed with epilepsy for almost a year. Instead, I was discarded as a person with a psychological disorder.
Unfortunately, this is not an unusual story. I've heard it again and again, from women suffering from a variety of conditions.
It's time to end this.
The conversation is now open!
In 1859, 1/4 all women diagnosed with hysteria. Faintness, insomnia, fluid retention, muscle spasm, shortness of breath, irritability, loss of appetite or sex drive, a tendency to cause trouble, all blanketed under female hysteria. The word itself--hysteria--comes from the Greek for uterus. We've come a long way… or have we?
Women today are still three times more likely to be misdiagnosed than men. Considering that medical mistakes are the 8th leading cause of death in our country, (more than auto accidents,) this is a serious problem that has not gone away.
The very first home appliance sold in the Sears & Roebuck catalog was a vibrator, to help women diagnosed with hysteria treat themselves at home.
Every Misdiagnosis Matters.