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Altostrata

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.org/ama/pub/education-careers/becoming-physician/medical-licensure/state-medical-boards.page

How to contact the American Psychiatric Association http://www.psychiatry.org/contact-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/membership/professionalism-and-disciplinary-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
updated links

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Altostrata

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.certificationmatters.org/default.aspx Free registration required.

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angie007

How and where can we do this in the uk please sUR??

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Altostrata

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

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crazykatie

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. 

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crazykatie

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?

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nz11

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.nz/news/pill-popping-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.

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Fresh

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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mammaP

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.nz/news/pill-popping-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? 

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LoveandLight

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.

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btdt

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. 

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btdt

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.nz/news/pill-popping-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!

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Tilly

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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crhawk

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?

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Lilu

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?

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nz11

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.

 

 

nz11

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.

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Daisy1

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

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