The missed diagnosis that will always haunt this doctor


special series dedicated to ending the silence around the long-neglected issue of doctors' mental health.

Eighty percent of diagnoses can be made based on the history and a physical examination. 

Take the subjective and objective; throw in some medical history, family history, social history and you can figure out your assessment and plan.

This is what we know as the SOAP.

Doctors are the detectives of the body and the more facts, the easier it is to solve the mystery.

Below is the fictional note that I wrote in my head concerning a fellow physician friend when she approached me in confidence a few weeks ago.


Depressed mood, anxiety,