Announcement: We've done away with our land line. In lieu of it, we got another cell phone so now have "his" and "her" phone numbers. For folks wishing to call me, use our "cell phone" number. For folks wishing to call fosteronfilm, use our old land line number. Please do not text message us as we'd rather get an email or voice call (and don't want to pay the additional fee).
*I have suffered from borderline mild depression--diagnosed by an actual doctor who talked to me and discussed my emotional state with me before jumping on the "give her antidepressants" bandwagon--but there's a huge difference between feeling unmotivated and irascible (mild depression) and needing to be hospitalized (severe depression with psychotic features). Glargh.
Much and many things to accomplish in the next few weeks. terracinque, fosteronfilm, and I are helping dire_epiphany out by editing the guest bios for the Dragon*Con program book. Deadline: Monday. I need to write/complete two stories by month's end, preferably three although I've got more of a deadline on that one. And then there's Dragon*Con. Eep.
Have you considered filing charges against her with the AMA, or whatever board represents her?
I realize you're not one to try and sue her, but as you've pointed out, she IS a menace, and the next person she incorrectly diagnoses could end up much worse than you were.
I did consider it at the time, but psych. patients are in a uniquely difficult situation when it comes to malpractice-esque complaints, and it would require far more energy and time than I had or have free. Not to mention my health care is an HMO, and I have a niggling suspicion that they wouldn't actually care. I did send her a (polite and professional) email explaining the error of her "diagnosis" and have kept it for future documentation if necessary. But if I ever hear of someone filing a class action lawsuit or mass complaint against her, I'm totally there.
Seriously, even if you are working with the worst HMO, filing a quality of care complaint with a psych provider through the insurance can at least confirm whether or not this is endemic to the provider's practice, or whether you were an isolated case.
Judging from the things I've seen, heard, and experience over the last decade, I'd recommend that people review their medical records (the actual documents transcribed in office) every few years.
Glad that you saw someone new who had a brain and some bedside manner. Long may it be the reigning course of your experiences!
That nurse practitioner you were seeing sounds all kinds of incompetent -- hopefully you're thinking of making a complaint! Adding inability to have faith in one's medical "professional", on top of everything else... Glad you're getting things worked out at any rate... :(
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On August 25th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
I have been diagnosed with Lupus and Sjogren's Syndrome for over 7 years and the doctor took me off Plaquenil because I was getting some bad rashes. I asked him about Adderall after doing some research on the internet because I have absolutely no energy and my housework and paperwork have are getting totally out of hand. His reply was that I needed to see my family doc and the family doc doesn't prescribe this without going to a psychologist and having the tests ($2000-$3000).
Can you share with me which doctor you were prescribed this medication from and the process? I think I'm feeling a little desperate!