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kandi wrote at 2009-01-10 01:31:15
Dr Auerbach you just took away everything she gained from learning she was not bipolar trying to work in that she was and not to be ashamed. Adr told her she wasn't her life has been ruined. Its people like you who make things woese


Daniel Mullarkey wrote at 2010-02-15 11:53:13
As far as I know, most so-called "mood-stabilizers" only address mania, not depression. Also, even if most so-called "mood-stabilizers", address mania and depression, I doubt that they work for "unipolar" depression. Also, if "unipolar" depression is possible, what about "unipolar" mania. "Unipolar" depression and bipolar disorder require different sets of medication. An example from other fields of medicine would be that one does not treat bacterial illness with an antiviral medication nor does one treat viral sickness with antibiotics; one treats bacterial infections with antibiotics and virual infections with antivirual medications. In psychiatry, antipsychotics are given to treat schizophrenia and antidepressants are given to treat "unipolar" depression. However, I question whether most so-called "mood stabilizers" merely treat the manic symptoms of bipolar disorder and not the depressive symptoms; thereby merely making the patient feel sluggish rather than making him or her truly feel better. As near as I can tell, the last thing that one would want to do is make a person prone to clinical depression feel more sluggish, that seems countertherapeutic, especially if that patient has no manic symptoms. The most important thing is not so much the psychiatric illness label that one is given, but getting the right treatment for one's psychiatric ailments and being able to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Unnecessary medical treatment tends to be countertherapeutic; one needs to make sure that patients only get the medical treatment that they need, no more and no less.


Someone else wrote at 2012-11-15 17:02:33
Yes, Alan, getting a clear cut psychiatric diagnosis is impossible, as the DSMs “diagnoses” are medically improvable, and the “disorders” share symptoms.  And Alan, you are wrong, trying “to shed the stigma. If you have bipolar or borderline personality, [because] it's no more your fault, no more a death sentence, than if you have appendicitis or an ulcer,” is incorrect.  It is much more of a death sentence, due to the fact the medical community, itself, feels it is their right to abuse those they stigmatize.  And I’ve even sadly seen a mom, one I’m friends with, mentally berate her child who was stigmatized with a mental disorder, and she thought her treatment of him was appropriate.  She’s kind and appropriate to her other children, however.  The abuse of people stigmatized with mental disorders is mortifying.  It is nothing like being diagnosed with an actual medical problem.



Take my situation, for example.  I have finally figured out the etiology of my “bipolar disorder” misdiagnosis.  In 2000, I broke an ankle, unfortunately resulting in a “bad fix.”  The attending ankle surgeon and his wife bought my PCP’s practice right after that, and the wife became our new PCP.  I didn’t know her husband’s part in my ankle surgery until just recently so I had no reason to distrust her in 2000, however.  I was put on Wellbutrin, to stop smoking, combined with a NSAI, Voltaren, for the ankle swelling, plus prescribed Ultram for the ankle pain. Ultram and Wellbutrin have a major drug interaction warning.  I ended up going off the Wellbutrin pretty quickly because I started smoking again, but wasn’t told of the withdrawal issues with this med, nor even that it was a dangerous anti-depressant with potentially serious and mind altering effects.



I suffered not only the Wellbutrin withdrawal symptoms, but also ADRs to the NSAI, and even my ankle surgeon recommended my PCP take me off the NSAI because he felt it was “not correct treatment for the pt” in 2000.  But my new PCP was paranoid I would sue due to the “bad fix” on my ankle, so she did not take me off the NSAI.  Due to all these ADRs and withdrawal symptoms (the actual etiology of my “bipolar”), coupled with denial regarding the abuse of one of my children and the stress and disgust at 9.11.2001, I ended up having strange dreams and going to a psychologist by the end of 2001.

 

The psychologist misdiagnosed all the ADRs and withdrawal symptoms, exasperated by the stress, as bipolar disorder.  She mandated I see another doctor and be put on anti-psychotics within two days.  I will concede, however, I learned later this therapist was friends with the child molesters, and is apparently a compulsive liar, hypocrite, sadist, homicidal sociopath, in general, proof the insane go into the psychiatric field.  And now that the psychiatric field has sunk to the level you’re actively trying to keep child molesters on the streets because they bring you in physically abused children to misdiagnose with “voted into existence disorders” for profit, I think the DSM is proving to be more of a liability to humanity, rather than an asset.  What do you think about that, Alan?   There were seven suicides in a three year period at this psychologist’s local high school recently.



Nonetheless, the first psychiatrist confessed to a “Foul up” with his med by 1.8.2002, but didn’t mention this to my family or me.  The second medicating doctor (a DO who specialized in psychiatric meds), according to my medical records, realized the misdiagnoses by 3.2002.  But rather than confessing to the misdiagnoses, he, the therapist, and my PCP spent four more years denying the misdiagnoses and ADRs, caused anticholinergic intoxication, and tried to kill me with egregious drug interactions instead – drugs with up to 15 concurrent moderate and major drug interactions at above FDA recommended levels concurrently – while claiming I was “irrelevant to reality” and “w/o work, content, and talent.”  Oh, by the way, in reality, I had an IQ of 132 at the age of 6 and just a couple years before this was told I should be a judge, based on 40 hours of psychological career testing.  And I had no prior personal or family history of psychiatric issues, other than a grandmother who’d briefly been made sick by Stelezine, a typical neuroleptic med.



Eventually, the other doctors in my PCPs office got disgusted; I was eventually weaned off all the drugs by other doctors.  Did end up with a sleep / walking talking problem about six months later, that resulted in a forced hospitalization, inexplicably being given a hypnotic drug, being shipped to a hospital in a county in which I did not reside, and it is illegal to hold a person against their will in a county in which they do not reside in the state in which I lived.  I don’t think this could happen to a person with a diagnosable condition, Alan, only a person stigmatized with a made up and un-provable disorder.  Do you think this could be a flaw in the logic of the DSM, and it’s un-provable made up disorders in general, Alan?



This 2006 psychiatric hospitalization started with a doctor trying to cause some sort “chronic airway obstruction,” according to the medical records.  I’ve never suffered from any kind of “airway obstruction” ever before or since.  The only medical concern mentioned in my medical records regarding this was a query as to whether or not I was actually an organ donor.  I was at the time.  Google how much a healthy human’s body parts are worth on the open market, oh, a financial motive.  Wow, who knew?  But thankfully, the “airway obstruction” didn’t result in a “chronic” problem, and I didn’t die.



But when this became evident to the psychiatrist, this little lady was quickly handed off to six large men, terrified of rape, strapped to a bed and pumped full of drugs … nine immediately, all with major and moderate drug interaction warnings and some above FDA recommended levels.  This type of egregious forced miss-medication continued for ten straight days, culminating on the tenth day with a nurse claiming “not needing review” and drugs that absolutely should have killed me, including one that may be illegal in this country, according to the drug and interaction and warnings.  Thankfully, not all the doctors in that hospital were insane psychiatricts, most just told me not to talk to my doctor, so I was subsequently weaned off the majority of meds and let out after two and a half weeks. Oh, I did also have a $5000 antique gold bracelet switched out for a cheap copy while at this hospital.



This insane 2006 psychiatric, I’ve learned recently from an insurance company, been listing me as her patient at hospitals I’ve never been to ever since, and is currently listing me as her out-patient, at a hospital in a state in which I no longer even reside.  I can’t get health insurance for my children and myself because of this bipolar misdiagnosis.  The hospitals tell me their treatment was “appropriate.”  The medical community, itself, feels it has a right to psychically and mentally abuse those they stigmatize with man made up psychiatric disorders.  And the “Wall of Silence” problem resulted in me having to spend seven years researching medicine myself in order to find the etiology of my illness.  And I’m reading the DSM now, it’s a joke in regards to helping the psychiatric industry actually find and cure of people’s actual medical problems - a menace to society.



Oh, and how pathetic the psychiatric industry is unable to confess to it’s own published findings that show proof that the anti-depressants cause depression, mania, and suicides; and the anti-psychotics cause psychoses.  Your industry is causing the “chemical imbalances” you are deluding yourselves into believing you treat.  And you’re targeting little children and the elderly.  I’m sure it’s time for a different approach, don’t you think, Alan?



And a bipolar misdiagnosis is a potentially very deadly misdiagnosis, much worse than appendicitis or an ulcer.




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