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#1 Altostrata

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 08:09 AM

So many of our doctors are uninformed about tapering people off antidepressants, common side effects, and, of course, withdrawal syndrome.

If you haven't gotten what you consider good care from your doctor, you can file a formal complaint. I urge EVERYONE to do this. Doctors desperately need to know where they've gone wrong in diagnosis and treatment.

 

I got this advice from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology:

"...Complaints about psychiatrists should be addressed to the American
Psychiatric Association (888-357-7924). Complaints about neurologists
should be addressed to the American Academy of Neurology (651-695-1940).

In addition, you should send your complaint to your state medical board...."

In the US, send complaints to the state medical board and the doctor's professional association.

 

You may also wish to send a very passionate and personal letter to the doctor (I would not tell him or her you have filed a complaint -- let that be a surprise).

(There are also sites like http://www.yelp.com/ where you can write a review affecting your doctor's local reputation.)

Here are links to the state medical boards:

http://www.ama-assn....cal-boards.page

How to contact the American Psychiatric Association http://www.psychiatr...act-us-for-help :

1000 Wilson Boulevard
Suite 1825
Arlington, VA 22209
Call Toll-Free: 1-888-35-PSYCH
From outside the U.S. and Canada call: 1-703-907-7300
Email: apa@psych.org

How to contact the American Academy of Neurology https://www.aan.com/contact-aan/ :

201 Chicago Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Tel: (800) 879-1960
or (612) 928-6000 (International)

Fax: (612) 454-2746
Email: memberservices@aan.com
 
From https://www.aan.com/...linary-program/

File a Complaint
Complaints against AAN members are handled in accordance with the AAN’s Disciplinary Action Policy. To file a complaint with the AAN’s Grievance Committee please submit a letter to the contact below explaining how the AAN member violated the AAN Code of Professional Conduct, Disciplinary Action Policy, and/or Qualifications and Guidelines for the Physician Expert Witness and include copies of any relevant documents supporting your complaint for the Grievance Committee to review.

Please submit complaints in writing to:
AAN Grievance Committee 201 Chicago Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55415
The Grievance Committee meets as frequently as case load requires.


Edited by Altostrata, 11 October 2014 - 11:14 AM.
updated links

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#2 Altostrata

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 09:18 AM

If your doctor is not a specialist in psychiatry or neurology, he or she may belong to another medical specialty board such as: American Board of Internal Medicine 510 Walnut Street, Suite 1700, Philadelphia, PA 19106 For more information about other medical specialty boards, see the American Board of Medical Specialties: https://www.abms.org/ They have a feature Is Your Doctor Certified? http://www.certifica...rg/default.aspx Free registration required.
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Posted 06 June 2011 - 10:27 AM

How and where can we do this in the uk please sUR??
Began taking 30mg Seroxat on 15th Jan 1997 for grief issues. Remained at that dosage until Dec 05, did doctor ct, akathesia set in along with being non functional and overly emotional, brain fog. Doctor prescribed prozac, propranelol and diazeapam to counteract side effects, and told me to ct those 3 after 2.5/3 months use, induced wd seizure on 2nd day after ct. Was reinstated on seroxat 20mg in april 06, remained at that dose until Nov 07 and began a very slow taper lasting 56 months, finally DRUG FREE on 11th may 2011.

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 07:14 AM

angie, when you find out how to do this in the UK, please post exact instructions here.
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Posted 11 October 2014 - 09:53 AM

Alto, 

 

I really want to file complaints regarding my mad scientist psychiatrist. However the links are not working. Should we just report it to the State Medical Board and the APA via email?

 

I feel really strongly about this. 


Was on antidepressants on and off from 2000-2007 dx with MDD n anxiety.
2009- had like a physical breakdown. Was exhausted n not functioning properly. Still have depression n had become suicidal. Shrink dx bipolar while I never had a single manic episode. I got at least 8-9 hours of sleep every night. I required that to function since a child. I was admitted to the psych ward immediately. Was then put on a cocktail.
Lithium, lamotrigine, wellbutrin, prozac, depakote, Xanax, trazadone and ritalin.
Went through over 50 shock treatments n put on Invega in addition
Spring 2014, made the decision to try to get off some meds.
11 weeks ago I qt quit invega
10/6 reinstated 150 mg of Wellbutrin
I currently take 40 mg of prozac, 300 mg of lamotrigine, 1 mg of Xanax, 150 mg of trazadone
I am down from three medications. The forementioned others that I was initially put on I stopped prior to 2014.
I am hoping to be med free one day. I do not have any intention of stopping the current ones right now. I'm going to give my body a little more time to adjust.
Progress not perfection!!

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Posted 11 October 2014 - 11:16 AM

I updated the links.


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Posted 11 October 2014 - 01:07 PM

Alto,
I try to avoid confrontation at all costs. I can't handle conflict anymore since I've been on these meds. Do you think it is ok to not follow up with a letter to your doctor?
Was on antidepressants on and off from 2000-2007 dx with MDD n anxiety.
2009- had like a physical breakdown. Was exhausted n not functioning properly. Still have depression n had become suicidal. Shrink dx bipolar while I never had a single manic episode. I got at least 8-9 hours of sleep every night. I required that to function since a child. I was admitted to the psych ward immediately. Was then put on a cocktail.
Lithium, lamotrigine, wellbutrin, prozac, depakote, Xanax, trazadone and ritalin.
Went through over 50 shock treatments n put on Invega in addition
Spring 2014, made the decision to try to get off some meds.
11 weeks ago I qt quit invega
10/6 reinstated 150 mg of Wellbutrin
I currently take 40 mg of prozac, 300 mg of lamotrigine, 1 mg of Xanax, 150 mg of trazadone
I am down from three medications. The forementioned others that I was initially put on I stopped prior to 2014.
I am hoping to be med free one day. I do not have any intention of stopping the current ones right now. I'm going to give my body a little more time to adjust.
Progress not perfection!!

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Posted 11 October 2014 - 05:04 PM

Sure. You might want to do that later. See http://wp.rxisk.org/...hopharmacology/


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Posted 24 December 2014 - 05:43 PM

When i escaped from this 10 yr mind numbing kafkaesque anosognosic world my doctor put me in, and had the energy to lift myself off the floor,  I started to complain i turned up to his ofice and told him those people who where feeding him info were liars and i would be making a complaint against him to the national health commissioner. 

He then turned feral and said in 21 yrs i am the only person to ever make a complaint against him. 

I then fired him and found a another doctor.

I immedialtely sent off my official complaint against him...........Now check this out .... within about 6 weeks he was in two local newspapers singing a new song titled  "Pill popping ends"......coincidence? Maybe but its a good one isnt it.

 

http://www.times.co....pping-ends.html

 

I continue to take up every avenue of complaint available and just this month made  a claim of 'medical misadventure' against him.

 

I urge everyone to complain to all possible places......silence is not acceptance. Yes its not easy to do this ....dont think of yourself see it as a moral obligation and then that is very empowering when seen in that light.


2000 amitryptaline, nortriptaline venlafaxine clonazepam for  arm pain from keyboard use, told I had a chemical imbalance it would fix my arm was just a matter of finding the right med for me not informed of the nature of these drugs assured safe and not addictive, CT off Effexor after being told to double the dose on reporting adverse effects...later ..uncharacteristic psych panic tearful presented to doctor to get answers. Given paroxetine no questions asked 'safe and not addictive' next please.2001-2010 paroxetine (paxil) 2 failed attempts to quit, a learned helplessness set in. Feb 10 - Sept 10,  8 month clueless taper, hell. Doc said I had underlying depression .. I said that's not right' then found online support group and the truth!...overcome with inconceivable humiliation and outrage. 28 Sept 10 drug free ...  daily psych and emotional torture beginning in the waking hours of the morning receding somewhat in the evening only to start up again the next day. 28 Sept 12 (24 months) Stabilizing  (What an indescribable unimaginable non-functional nightmare). sleep issues start up at 3 yrs  waking daily at 2am -4.30am)28 Sept 15 (5yrs drug free), cf, cmw, insomnia  horrifying pssd continues, still feel Rip van Winkle-ish, cognitively doing heaps better. 28 Sept 16 after 6 yrs start working again on a casual basis.

 

"It is unsafe for people who suffer from something that could be treated with an ssri to consult a psychiatrist." Gotzshe 2015. [ I think Gotzsche could have easily meant to say 'to consult anyone with prescribing privileges']. "Going to a psychiatrist is one of the most dangerous actions a person can take." Breggin

 

“Paroxetine is not safe, it is not effective and it meets every known definition of addictive.” McLaren, N, (2016) 'Psychiatry as bullsh*t’ p55..."Psychiatry is stuffed full of 'deep nonsense' better known as bullsh*t." McLaren 2016

 

"Within the first week of when you go on an antidepressant you may have a sexual dysfunction, it can go on forever, often only appearing when you go off the drug ...its extraordinarily common" Healy 2015

 

See  my intro post #451 for the xanax back story and for a CV -GSKs.  Come on guys get taperwise see a TaperMe Schedule

 For a staggeringly shocking 'prozac back story' see the truth post #523

 

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Posted 30 January 2015 - 01:09 AM

In Australia , each state has their own system for complaints.   In NSW . the body to contact is the Health Care Complaints Commission.

 

They will be receiving my submission/complaint soon.    The GP concerned prescribed me Lexapro 40mg for 6 years , i.e.  double the maximum dose recommended by the manufacturers.   The submission includes the doctors' own surgery records detailing what she prescribed and on what dates.   Also pharmacy printouts of what I had dispensed and what dates during those years.  I look forward to sharing the outcome . . . her practise was negligent and there's no denying it.


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Protracted withdrawal syndrome kicked in badly Jan.2014 Unrelenting akathisia until May 2014. Voluntary hosp. admission. Cocktail of Seroquel, Ativan and mirtazapine and I was well enough to go home after 14 days. Stopped all hosp. meds in next few months.
July 2014 felt v.depressed - couldn't stop crying. Started pristiq 50mg. Felt improvement within days and continued to improve, so stayed on 50mg for 8 months.
Began taper 28 Feb. 2015. Pristiq 50mg down to 45mg. Had one month of w/d symptoms. Started CES therapy in March. No w/d symptoms down to 30mg.
October 2015 , taking 25mg Pristiq. Capsules compounded with slow-release additive.
March 2016 , 21mg

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Posted 25 February 2015 - 09:53 AM

When i escaped from this 10 yr mind numbing kafkaesque anosognosic world my doctor put me in, and had the energy to lift myself off the floor,  I started to complain i turned up to his ofice and told him those people who where feeding him info were liars and i would be making a complaint against him to the national health commissioner. 

He then turned feral and said in 21 yrs i am the only person to ever make a complaint against him. 

I then fired him and found a another doctor.

I immedialtely sent off my official complaint against him...........Now check this out .... within about 6 weeks he was in two local newspapers singing a new song titled  "Pill popping ends"......coincidence? Maybe but its a good one isnt it.

 

http://www.times.co....pping-ends.html

 

I continue to take up every avenue of complaint available and just this month made  a claim of 'medical misadventure' against him.

 

I urge everyone to complain to all possible places......silence is not acceptance. Yes its not easy to do this ....dont think of yourself see it as a moral obligation and then that is very empowering when seen in that light.

I like this statement at the bottom NZ  “Before this started, I often felt reluctant to take people off medication, especially if they’d been on them for years. We’re learning all the time.” Maybe you taught him a little, it's just sad that it only seems to apply to very elderly patients, it's ok to polydrug everyone else!  I can't help wondering how many they are tapering or just yanking them away? 


**I am not a medical professional, if in doubt please consult a doctor with withdrawal knowledge.

 

See how to create a signature here http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/12364-please-put-your-withdrawal-history-in-your-signature/

 

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1993 had a breakdown leading to 10 years of drug experiments with all classes of psych drugs.

2002  effexor. 

Tapered by counting beads from March 2012 to March 2013, ending with 5 beads.

Withdrawal April 2013 . Reinstated 5 beads reduced to 4 beads May 2013

Restarted taper  Nov 2013  

OFF EFFEXOR Feb 2015    :D 

 

Also tapered atenolol and omeprazole Dec 2013 - May 2014

 

Tapering tramadol, Feb 2015 100mg , March 2015 50mg -hold- Feb2016 46mg  March 8 2016 45 April 44mg  May 11  43mg June 14 42mg

Taking fish oil, magnesium, pro biotic.

 

My story http://survivinganti...king-in/page-33

 

Lesson learned, slow down taper at lower doses. Taper no more than 10% of CURRENT dose if possible

 

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Posted 25 February 2015 - 11:38 AM

My heart breaks when I think back to the elderly patients I used to work with..on loads of drugs, daily benzo, ads and I just wondered if the agitation I saw a lot of them experiencing was due to this.
2000 - sertraline for job anxiety low confidence (17 years old) ..which turned the next 16 years into nightmare!

On/off sertraline severe withdrawals every time. 2014 - felt better as reduced dose of sertraline no more inner restlessness. Doctor rushed off again. Hit severe withdrawal. Lost the little I had in life. Couldn't get stable again on 12.5mg. Was switched to prozac. Had severe reaction to prozac..came off in November 2015 at 6mg as felt more confused and damaged on it..Even more withdrawal ..rage, depression, dyphoria, near constant suicidal ideation, self harm impulses, doom, concrete block in head, unable to do much of anything with this feeling in head..went back on 6mg of sertraline to see if would alleviate anything. It didn't..reduced from December to June 2016 came off at 2.5mg sertraline as was hospitalised for the severe rage, suicidal impulses, and put on 50mg lofepramine which in 2nd week reduced all symptoms but gave insomnia which still have..psych stopped lofepramine cold turkey..no increased withdrawal symptoms new symptoms from lofepramine except persistant insomnia which has as side effect.

Taking Ativan for 8 months for the severe rage self harm impulses 1-3 times a week (mostly 2 times a week) at .5mg. Two months (I'm unsure exactly when the interdose started to happen) ago interdose withdrawal seemed to happen..2 days I think after the Ativan.


Nightmare that could have been avoided!

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 05:15 AM

My heart breaks when I think back to the elderly patients I used to work with..on loads of drugs, daily benzo, ads and I just wondered if the agitation I saw a lot of them experiencing was due to this.

 

I think of this too...having been to a home to visit my Aunt often I wondered how much of the Alzheimer patients were actually suffering side effects... from who knows benzos to help them sleep for instance.

The other thing I think of is when I get there... they will likely kill me by trying to drug me just like they do everyone else my system won't take it that I know.  I hope to be proactive but I also know they don't listen well.  I know that is where I am ending up if I live long enough to get that old.  There is no comfort in the thought.  Golden years my ass more like a torture chamber in my mind. 


WARNING THIS WILL BE LONG
Had a car accident in 85
Codeine was the pain med when I was release from hosp continuous use till 89
Given PROZAC by a specialist to help with nerve pain in my leg 89-90 not sure which year
Was not told a thing about it being a psych med thought it was a pain killer no info about psych side effects I went nuts had hallucinations. As I had a head injury and was diagnosed with a concussion in 85 I was sent to a head injury clinic in 1990 five years after the accident. I don't think they knew I had been on prozac I did not think it a big deal and never did finish the bottle of pills. I had tests of course lots of them. Was put into a pain clinic and given amitriptyline which stopped the withdrawal but had many side effects. But I could sleep something I had not done in a very long time the pain lessened. My mother got cancer in 94 they switched my meds to Zoloft to help deal with this pressure as I was her main care giver she died in 96. I stopped zoloft in 96 had withdrawal was put on paxil went nutty quit it ct put on resperidol quit it ct had withdrawal was put on Effexor... 2years later celexa was added 20mg then increased to 40mg huge personality change went wild. Did too fast taper off Celexa 05 as I felt unwell for a long time prior... quit Effexor 150mg ct 07 found ****** 8 months into withdrawal learned some things was banned from there in 08 have kept learning since. there is really not enough room here to put my history but I have a lot of opinions about a lot of things especially any of the drugs mentioned above.
One thing I would like to add here is this tidbit ALL OPIATES INCREASE SEROTONIN it is not a huge jump to being in chronic pain to being put on an ssri/snri and opiates will affect your antidepressants and your thinking.

As I do not update much I will put my quit date Nov. 17 2007 I quit Effexor cold turkey. 

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 05:17 AM

When i escaped from this 10 yr mind numbing kafkaesque anosognosic world my doctor put me in, and had the energy to lift myself off the floor,  I started to complain i turned up to his ofice and told him those people who where feeding him info were liars and i would be making a complaint against him to the national health commissioner. 

He then turned feral and said in 21 yrs i am the only person to ever make a complaint against him. 

I then fired him and found a another doctor.

I immedialtely sent off my official complaint against him...........Now check this out .... within about 6 weeks he was in two local newspapers singing a new song titled  "Pill popping ends"......coincidence? Maybe but its a good one isnt it.

 

http://www.times.co....pping-ends.html

 

I continue to take up every avenue of complaint available and just this month made  a claim of 'medical misadventure' against him.

 

I urge everyone to complain to all possible places......silence is not acceptance. Yes its not easy to do this ....dont think of yourself see it as a moral obligation and then that is very empowering when seen in that light.

 

Bravo to you for doing this.  I have made some reports on my own behalf and went balistic when my friend died of a brain bleed and reported to every institution that would take a report including the coroner.  There is more I could have done and more i will do should energy and clarity stick with me long enough. 

Again Bravo!


WARNING THIS WILL BE LONG
Had a car accident in 85
Codeine was the pain med when I was release from hosp continuous use till 89
Given PROZAC by a specialist to help with nerve pain in my leg 89-90 not sure which year
Was not told a thing about it being a psych med thought it was a pain killer no info about psych side effects I went nuts had hallucinations. As I had a head injury and was diagnosed with a concussion in 85 I was sent to a head injury clinic in 1990 five years after the accident. I don't think they knew I had been on prozac I did not think it a big deal and never did finish the bottle of pills. I had tests of course lots of them. Was put into a pain clinic and given amitriptyline which stopped the withdrawal but had many side effects. But I could sleep something I had not done in a very long time the pain lessened. My mother got cancer in 94 they switched my meds to Zoloft to help deal with this pressure as I was her main care giver she died in 96. I stopped zoloft in 96 had withdrawal was put on paxil went nutty quit it ct put on resperidol quit it ct had withdrawal was put on Effexor... 2years later celexa was added 20mg then increased to 40mg huge personality change went wild. Did too fast taper off Celexa 05 as I felt unwell for a long time prior... quit Effexor 150mg ct 07 found ****** 8 months into withdrawal learned some things was banned from there in 08 have kept learning since. there is really not enough room here to put my history but I have a lot of opinions about a lot of things especially any of the drugs mentioned above.
One thing I would like to add here is this tidbit ALL OPIATES INCREASE SEROTONIN it is not a huge jump to being in chronic pain to being put on an ssri/snri and opiates will affect your antidepressants and your thinking.

As I do not update much I will put my quit date Nov. 17 2007 I quit Effexor cold turkey. 

http://survivinganti...ng-myself-btdt/

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Posted 02 April 2015 - 06:35 PM

angie, when you find out how to do this in the UK, please post exact instructions here.

I have just submitted a 14 page document / letter of complaint with my GP's practice manager. Most surgeries have their own specific complaints procedure. The letter and response to the questions that I have raised / issues flagged will also be filed in my medical records. This is the first step before taking the matter up with regulatory bodies.

 

When I am stronger, I plan to take legal action for medical negligence. This has to be done within 3 years of sustaining 'harm' as a result of negligence in the UK from what I am aware. I will update as I receive a response / progress with my complaint.


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Supplements: vitamin C 4000mg, Omega 3 fish oil - high DPA & EHA, vitamin E 400iu, vitamin D3 5000mg (Winter only - from sun in Spring / Summer), probiotics.

Current Symptoms: chronic fatigue, erratic sleep, extreme photophobia, eye floaters, noise sensitivity, tinnitus, cognitive & speech difficulties, dizziness, irregular gait, poor co ordination, severe facial and upper body muscle tension, head and neck pressure.

Coping Strategies: good nutrition, cooking, gardening & growing my own food, cycling, dancing, yoga, photography, sewing & creative pursuits, self massage, pampering, meditation, journalling, nature, cuddling cats & humans, laughter & humour, gratitude, self care, aromatherapy, audio books, word games & believing in myself, my potential and my future.

 

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Posted 22 July 2015 - 05:38 PM

Here's the link for making a complaint in Victoria Australiahttp://www.health.vi...u/hsc/index.htm

MEDS HISTORY

2004 hospitalized for acute alcohol induced psychosis and started on my psych drug merry-go-round.2004-2006 SSRI > SNRI Merry-go-round finally settled on Effexor. Also was started on Risperdal in 2004 but switched to seroquell after I had a bad reaction to it.2008. Was switched from Effexor to pristiq, Also managed to successfully Quit Seroquel Cold Turkey.Asenapine- 5mg- August 2014 ~ May 2015. Was put on for Social Anxiety, was great at first then started developing disabling side effects, did a rapid taper and so started my withdrawal nightmare...

MEDS CURRENT

Pristiq-100mg ~ Currently holding

Olanzapine- 3.75mg May 2015 ~ Currently tapering by -.06mg per week (Jan 2016, 3.5mg  ~Feb 2016 intractable insomnia updose to 3.75mg)

Quetiapine- 50mg June 2015  ~Dec 25 2015 Quit cold turkey. ~(Feb 6 2016 hit with intractable insomnia - reinstated 50mg.)

August 2016 : Became destabilised after messing around with cutting doses, trying THC oil etc, Holding on for dear life hoping to stabilise again someday.. 

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Posted 17 February 2016 - 09:21 PM

Question:  I want to file a complaint against the PA who gave me a bad drug.  However, I am also looking into filing a malpractice/negligence suit.  I figured it might be better to file suit before filing the complaint.  I don't want him to know the suit is coming.  Do you all think that is the best route?


History of Wellbutrin, Neurontin, Buspar, Paxil and others in 1990's - teenage yearsXanax .5 mg as needed 2010-2015One injection of Haldol in ER 10/9/2015 - dystonic reactionOne 50 mg pill Zoloft 10/31/15adverse reaction/s that are ongoingXanax .125 mg every 3 hours as needed, .25 mg at bedtime 1/8/16-1/21/16Xanax .25 mg every 3 hours (1.25 mg/day) 1/22/16 - 2/9/16Xanax .25 mg/5 times a day (1.25 mg/day) starting 2/10/16, then tried 6 times/day (2x.25, 4x.1875)Xanax .25 mg/6 times a day (1.5 mg/day) starting 2/19/16Tapering off of Xanax, switching to Diazepam, starting June 29, 2016, then starting taper soon thereafterCompleted Xanax taper early Sept 2016, crossover to 20 mg/day Diazepam - Currently at 12 mg Diazepam/day = 3 mg 8 am, 3 mg Noon, 1 mg 4 pm, 2 mg 6 pm, 3 mg 12:30 am, Pro EPA supplement, Ox Bile for digestion<p>

#18 Lilu

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Posted 11 June 2016 - 08:05 AM

I was treated at a major University's Behavioral Health Center by various psychiatrists and departments, who all made major mistakes, denied withdrawal, over-prescribed and misdiagnosed me. At the height of my withdrawal one doctor diagnosed me as Bipolar and Borderline and told my parents that I should be institutionalized. He had absolutely no patience to actually listen to me.  During the 3 years that I was involved with them, my condition only worsened.

 

My question is, is it really worth the effort in filing letters of complaint, when the entire psychiatric establishment doesn't understand and doesn't believe in protracted withdrawal from antidepressants?

 

Thinking or talking about what happened to me is a huge trigger for me that I developed PTSD from. Perhaps it's too soon.

But really, what is my word against an entire University's mental health system?


2005-2008 Effexor xr; 1/2008 Tapered 3 months, then quit.
7/2008-2009 Reinstated Effexor xr due to crying spells.
2009-3/2013 Switched to Pristiq 50 mg then 100 mg
3/2013 Switched to Lexapro 10mg. Cut down to 5 mg. CT for 2 weeks then reinstated for 6 weeks
8/2013-8/2014 Tapering Lexapro
11/2014 -8/2015: Developed severe insomnia, resumed using Ambien & Klonopin
12/2014-6/2015 Tried Ativan, Lunesta, Sonata, Trazadone, Seroquel, Rameron - Adverse Reactions
7/2015 Reinstated Lexapro at 2 mg; Quit Klonopin CT suddenly paradoxical)
Started Gabapentin 100-300 mg for 3 weeks. Developed severe lumbar jerking movements (myoclonus).Quit Gabapentin CT.
8/2015 Continuing Lexapro 2 mg. Baclofen 10mg-AM/20mg-PM - tapered off by 5/2016
1-7/2016 Lexapro 5 mg 
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#19 nz11

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Posted 12 August 2016 - 11:08 PM

My question is, is it really worth the effort in filing letters of complaint, when the entire psychiatric establishment doesn't understand and doesn't believe in protracted withdrawal from antidepressants?

But really, what is my word against an entire University's mental health system?

 

yes of course it is.

File a complaint against your doctor and he might throw it in the bin. But do it anyway.

But dont stop there file a complaint to ALL other possible complaint areas. Especially the FDA as per above post #1. These must surely be recorded and counted. Slowly they will add up.

You will also force someone to have to stop and write a reply and think about this iatrogenic harm.

 

 

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Havent visited this thread for a while and just noticed something so wanted to say... thanks for reading and commenting on my earlier post MammaP and btdt it means a lot to me. i appreciate it.


2000 amitryptaline, nortriptaline venlafaxine clonazepam for  arm pain from keyboard use, told I had a chemical imbalance it would fix my arm was just a matter of finding the right med for me not informed of the nature of these drugs assured safe and not addictive, CT off Effexor after being told to double the dose on reporting adverse effects...later ..uncharacteristic psych panic tearful presented to doctor to get answers. Given paroxetine no questions asked 'safe and not addictive' next please.2001-2010 paroxetine (paxil) 2 failed attempts to quit, a learned helplessness set in. Feb 10 - Sept 10,  8 month clueless taper, hell. Doc said I had underlying depression .. I said that's not right' then found online support group and the truth!...overcome with inconceivable humiliation and outrage. 28 Sept 10 drug free ...  daily psych and emotional torture beginning in the waking hours of the morning receding somewhat in the evening only to start up again the next day. 28 Sept 12 (24 months) Stabilizing  (What an indescribable unimaginable non-functional nightmare). sleep issues start up at 3 yrs  waking daily at 2am -4.30am)28 Sept 15 (5yrs drug free), cf, cmw, insomnia  horrifying pssd continues, still feel Rip van Winkle-ish, cognitively doing heaps better. 28 Sept 16 after 6 yrs start working again on a casual basis.

 

"It is unsafe for people who suffer from something that could be treated with an ssri to consult a psychiatrist." Gotzshe 2015. [ I think Gotzsche could have easily meant to say 'to consult anyone with prescribing privileges']. "Going to a psychiatrist is one of the most dangerous actions a person can take." Breggin

 

“Paroxetine is not safe, it is not effective and it meets every known definition of addictive.” McLaren, N, (2016) 'Psychiatry as bullsh*t’ p55..."Psychiatry is stuffed full of 'deep nonsense' better known as bullsh*t." McLaren 2016

 

"Within the first week of when you go on an antidepressant you may have a sexual dysfunction, it can go on forever, often only appearing when you go off the drug ...its extraordinarily common" Healy 2015

 

See  my intro post #451 for the xanax back story and for a CV -GSKs.  Come on guys get taperwise see a TaperMe Schedule

 For a staggeringly shocking 'prozac back story' see the truth post #523

 

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#20 Daisy1

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Posted 25 September 2016 - 09:00 AM

I want to complain about the doctor I saw in A&E. He didn't take my temperature or blood pressure or run any tests. He jist explained the stress scale to me and handed me a pack of lorazepam. It wasnt even a prescription. I also want to complain against my own doctor who wouldn't even see me. She spoke to me on the phone and told me to stay on the medication ! I don't know how to go about this in the UK
Started Fluoxetine 40mg In 2010
Switched to citalopram 2011.Fluoxetine made me very drowsy.
Came off citalopram 2014 over 2 weeks tapering as advised by GP. Mild WD symptoms, brain zaps.
Almost 2 years med free, happy and less anxiety.
June 2016 start 20mg citalopram for anxiety, experince akathisa, intrusive harming thoughts, hallucinations, hypermania, negative ruminations, insomnia, no appetite, dioreah, racing thoughts/mind chatter.
Droped to 10mg for 1 week after 10 days on 20mg, then 1 week at 15mg by alternating doses then 1 week at 20mg before dropping to 10mg again for 1 week then 5 days at 5mg. Quick taper due to reaction.
Started .5mg lorozepam/ 2.5mg diazepam every other day from week 2 on cit sometimes daily for about 2 weeks stopped CT as was put on 25mg quetiapine.
Stopped cit 01/8/16. Stopped quetiapine 3/8/16
Taking fish oil