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A misdiagnosis that almost killed her - Part one of Anne's story of five years to recovery Women Over 50 - A Life Redesigned

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Anne knew she needed to tell her story. On one hand, she want anyone to ever go through the horrible medical nightmare she experienced. More than that, though, Anne wants people to understand how trauma thrives in silence. Until we all speak up and are heard, situations like hers have no chance of amelioration or, more hopefully, never happening at all. 


You can find Anne on Facebook and on Instagram @annevondenmeer


Resources on mental health misdiagnosis and the effect of childhood trauma:


Discrepancy in diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): Treatment for the wrong reason


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3310322/ (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3310322/)


Are Sexual Abuse Victims being Diagnosed with a Mental Disorder They Don't Have?


https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/mar/27/are-sexual-abuse-victims-being-diagnosed-with-a-mental-disorder-they-dont-have (https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/mar/27/are-sexual-abuse-victims-being-diagnosed-with-a-mental-disorder-they-dont-have)


PTSD Symptoms in Women: Unnoticed and Undiagnosed


https://www.psycom.net/PTSD-symptoms-women (https://www.psycom.net/PTSD-symptoms-women)


PTSD and ADHD – Are We Misdiagnosing?


https://www.nicabm.com/ptsd-adhd-misdiagnosing/ (https://www.nicabm.com/ptsd-adhd-misdiagnosing/)


Complex PTSD and Misdiagnosis: It Happens More Than You Know


https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/traumaptsdblog/2019/5/complex-ptsd-and-misdiagnosis-it-happens-more-than-you-know (https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/traumaptsdblog/2019/5/complex-ptsd-and-misdiagnosis-it-happens-more-than-you-know)


Misdiagnosed Bipolar Disorder Reveals Itself to be Posttraumatic Stress Disorder with Comorbid Pseudotumor Cerebri


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2743211/ (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2743211/)


The People Who Want to Get Rid of the Term “Personality Disorder”


https://www.dazeddigital.com/life-culture/article/40036/1/bpd-borderline-personality-disorder-diagnosis-label (https://www.dazeddigital.com/life-culture/article/40036/1/bpd-borderline-personality-disorder-diagnosis-label)


The Lancet, Psychiatry, “Beyond the Borderline”


https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(19)30051-3/fulltext (https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(19)30051-3/fulltext)


Feminist Critiques of Borderline Personality Disorder, Rachel Rowan Olive


http://rachelrowanolive.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/feminist-critiques-of-bpd-1.pdf (http://rachelrowanolive.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/feminist-critiques-of-bpd-1.pdf)


Chronic Illness Trauma Studies: The Science of How Adversity Shapes Health & Why It's Not in Your Head


Dr. Veronique Mead, MD, MA


https://chronicillnesstraumastudies.com/ (https://chronicillnesstraumastudies.com/)


Bessel van der Kolk, “The Body Keeps the Score” 


https://www.besselvanderkolk.net (https://www.besselvanderkolk.net/)


Stephen Porges, Polyvagal Theory


https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/02/stephen-porges-interview-survivors-are-blamed-polyvagal-theory-fight-flight-psychiatry-ace (https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/02/stephen-porges-interview-survivors-are-blamed-polyvagal-theory-fight-flight-psychiatry-ace)

Anne knew she needed to tell her story. On one hand, she want anyone to ever go through the horrible medical nightmare she experienced. More than that, though, Anne wants people to understand how trauma thrives in silence. Until we all speak up and are heard, situations like hers have no chance of amelioration or, more hopefully, never happening at all. 


You can find Anne on Facebook and on Instagram @annevondenmeer


Resources on mental health misdiagnosis and the effect of childhood trauma:


Discrepancy in diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): Treatment for the wrong reason


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3310322/ (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3310322/)


Are Sexual Abuse Victims being Diagnosed with a Mental Disorder They Don't Have?


https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/mar/27/are-sexual-abuse-victims-being-diagnosed-with-a-mental-disorder-they-dont-have (https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/mar/27/are-sexual-abuse-victims-being-diagnosed-with-a-mental-disorder-they-dont-have)


PTSD Symptoms in Women: Unnoticed and Undiagnosed


https://www.psycom.net/PTSD-symptoms-women (https://www.psycom.net/PTSD-symptoms-women)


PTSD and ADHD – Are We Misdiagnosing?


https://www.nicabm.com/ptsd-adhd-misdiagnosing/ (https://www.nicabm.com/ptsd-adhd-misdiagnosing/)


Complex PTSD and Misdiagnosis: It Happens More Than You Know


https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/traumaptsdblog/2019/5/complex-ptsd-and-misdiagnosis-it-happens-more-than-you-know (https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/traumaptsdblog/2019/5/complex-ptsd-and-misdiagnosis-it-happens-more-than-you-know)


Misdiagnosed Bipolar Disorder Reveals Itself to be Posttraumatic Stress Disorder with Comorbid Pseudotumor Cerebri


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2743211/ (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2743211/)


The People Who Want to Get Rid of the Term “Personality Disorder”


https://www.dazeddigital.com/life-culture/article/40036/1/bpd-borderline-personality-disorder-diagnosis-label (https://www.dazeddigital.com/life-culture/article/40036/1/bpd-borderline-personality-disorder-diagnosis-label)


The Lancet, Psychiatry, “Beyond the Borderline”


https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(19)30051-3/fulltext (https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(19)30051-3/fulltext)


Feminist Critiques of Borderline Personality Disorder, Rachel Rowan Olive


http://rachelrowanolive.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/feminist-critiques-of-bpd-1.pdf (http://rachelrowanolive.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/feminist-critiques-of-bpd-1.pdf)


Chronic Illness Trauma Studies: The Science of How Adversity Shapes Health & Why It's Not in Your Head


Dr. Veronique Mead, MD, MA


https://chronicillnesstraumastudies.com/ (https://chronicillnesstraumastudies.com/)


Bessel van der Kolk, “The Body Keeps the Score” 


https://www.besselvanderkolk.net (https://www.besselvanderkolk.net/)


Stephen Porges, Polyvagal Theory


https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/02/stephen-porges-interview-survivors-are-blamed-polyvagal-theory-fight-flight-psychiatry-ace (https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/02/stephen-porges-interview-survivors-are-blamed-polyvagal-theory-fight-flight-psychiatry-ace)

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