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Psychiatric Misdiagnosis in Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

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year: 2015

authors: Pocinki A. G, M.D, FACP


KM is a 21-year-old woman first diagnosed with panic and anxiety at age 5. At that time, little things would frighten and upset her. She had to be home-schooled, since a school environment was over-stimulating. Gradually, she became agoraphobic, because any time she went out her heart would quickly start to race, and then she would get nauseous and break out in a cold sweat.

After a poor night’s sleep, many people’s bodies respond to fatigue by making extra adrenaline to keep them going. The extra adrenaline can then further aggravate sleep. Statements like, “Once we got my son’s sleep straightened out, his A.D.D. disappeared,” or “Once my daughter started sleeping better, her anxiety went away” are commonplace.

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