Did you know that if you’re misdiagnosed then there’s a very real chance that you’ll also receive the wrong medication?  It’s true and on episode #13, writer, author & patient advocate, Helene Epstein, shares her personal stories of family members who not only received the wrong medication but also experienced issues with being overmedicated.  From her father’s courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease to her beloved son’s struggle with an ADHD medication due to misdiagnosis, Helene’s story truly embodies what it means to be an empowered consumer navigating our health care system.

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To contact Helene, her helpful tips for parents & patient resources, resources, and more: visit www.hmepstein.com

Helene’s biography –> Helene serves on the Board of Directors of Brightpoint Health (www.brightpointhealth.org), a nonprofit provider of integrated health care and social support services to the neediest in New York City. As a member of that board, she serves on the Quality Improvement committee. She’s also a member of the Patient Engagement Committee for the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM, www.improvediagnosis.org). She also serves as the sole patient advocate expert on the advisory panels for three national studies on diagnostic error. Helene’s been a published writer for over 20 years, is a member of both the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). Starting this Fall, you can read her new column on what patients need to know about getting properly diagnosed.

You can also follow Helene on Twitter @HMEpstein