Mental disorders are difficult to diagnose. I have been to mental health websites that show the symptoms of different disorders and I have to frankly say that according to the symptoms listed, I don't know a single person who isn't crazy in one size shape or form.
Years ago a friend's mother said her sister was in the state institution for years being treated for schizophrenia, and then her doctor left, a new one took his place and suddenly she was diagnosed with bipolar. Her doc put her on different meds and she was doing great. After all those years, she was able to leave the hospital after a couple days of being rediagnosed.
With physical problems, there are x-rays and lab results to prove the diagnosis was correct. With mental illness, the doctor goes by what the patient tells him (how he feels, whether he hears voices, etc), what the doctor observes in behavior (personality, voice tone...I recently learned mine actually pays attention to the SPEED of my talking, among other things), family history of mental illness, and sometimes what friends or relatives had observed. They rule out pathological or physical causes and *wham!*... instant mental disorder. Then it's just a matter of elimination before they come up with the right disorder. But, if the patient lies about his symptoms (not implying you did), or the doctor fails to recognize a behavior or reads too much into a behavior, etc, then a misdiagnosis is very easy to do.
Who's to say the insurance doesn't play a part, also? Do the patients with good insurance have more psychotherapy sessions? Do they get hospitalized more often?
Doctors are different, also. Keep in mind that different doctors were taught in different colleges and got different grades. What do you call someone who graduated in the last 2 percent of his class? Doctor!
I find it strange to come in here and see bipolar patients taking antidepressants because my doctor told me that a bipolar should never take antidepressants. But, maybe a different doctor would believe differently.
I have to say my doctor is pretty good. He has let me hold the reins of my course of treatment. Of course, he controls the maximum dosage, but even then he has allowed me to ease up to my necessary dose instead of forcing me to eat the amount he prescribes every day. He suggests the medicine I should take, but he'll let me try something new if I don't like what I'm taking. He makes me feel like since this is my problem...I can control how to fix it. He advises what he feels is best for me and lets me make the decision. He's cool that way. I think he does this because he knows that I can just walk away any time without being treated. So the best course of action is to let the patient feel human by giving him the dignity to make his own decisions...I guess...I dunno. He has even begun to let me come in every other month, but since I am having a few tweaking problems with my current meds, I've asked to come in every month until we get it under control. So, I know he's not taking advantage of my insurance, even though it's a very good one.
But, I don't know if you can sue over a misdiagnosis. Usually, in order to win a lawsuit, you would have to prove that there was definate negligence or malpractice on his part, that it could have been avoided and the mistake was due to his gross negligence, and that there was permanent and long-term damage that would not have happened if the doctor was competent and had chosen an alternative course of treatment that would have been succesful. A three-month fog wouldn't fall into that catagory. But, I'm not a lawyer. And I wouldn't be surprised if there were doctors out there who would declair the patient suing him as incompetent so no one would take him seriously. LOL! I do know there are lawyers out there like that.
I'm just kidding about the last sentence.
What's important now is that the true diagnosis and treatment affords you a happy, healthy, and productive life. Don't waste your time wiping rain off your umbrella when you could be enjoying the sunshine.