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:
How to contact the American Psychiatric Association http://www.psychiatr...act-us-for-help :
1000 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209
Call Toll-Free: 1-888-35-PSYCH
From outside the U.S. and Canada call: 1-703-907-7300
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
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.