Liberty Voice - Psychotic Teenager Misdiagnosed as Bipolar Had a Curable Autoimmune Disease


When Tessa Gallo turned from a healthy teenager into a psychotic wreck with catatonic symptoms overnight, doctors first said she was over-anxious, and then decided she had bipolar disorder. She was obsessive, refusing to sleep, eat or wash, and she also became violent. However after ten months confined to psychiatric wards, two Stanford University doctors found that she had been misdiagnosed as bipolar, and instead was suffering from an autoimmune disease they believed was curable.


This is a great conversation starter. I am very uncomfortable with how the medical profession just jumps to conclusions at times. This poor girl in away. But at least she got help and can now live her life.

I hope this serves as a lesson or at least a reminder to other docs to check the body as well as the mind.