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Re: If it aint broke, why fix it

Posted by Nancy on April 6, 1999, at 14:39:39

In reply to Re: If it aint broke, why fix it, posted by Elizabeth on April 5, 1999, at 22:51:02

You got that right! This treatment resistive bipolar-1 disorder has been one nightmare after another (feel free to email me, anyone, if you'd like to talk out your poor treatment issuses). Then, I FINALLY convinced my pdoc to ALLOW me to get ECT. It has been the ONLY treatment that got me out of a long disabling and chronically suicidal depression. Then, I FINALLY convinced my pdoc to prescribe T3 & T4 (for my chronically low-normal thyroid), which should be in the upper-quartile of the "normal range" for this type of severe bipolarity. I am, now, FINALLY getting closer to being euthymic than I ever have been in the past 3yrs!!!

note: I am also on 150mg Effexor XR and 175mg of Seroquel. Furthermore, I have done extensive research into this disorder. I would not have made suggestions to my pdoc without having the proper knowledge.

Take good care of yourself,

> Set you straight??? WHY! Your's is an
> honest and correct summation of pdoc ego. I
> have had to put up with several such docs.
> >Interestingly, the current pdoc is supposed to
> >be a top flight bipolar disorder specialist. I'm
> >so unimpressed with him that I'm switching to
> >a different pdoc.
> "VI. The worst psychiatrists charge the most, and world experts are the worst." - _Mount Misery_ (Samuel Shem)
> >The new pdoc, I have already interviewed,
> >sees my honors degree in chemistry and
> >graduate research in neuroscience as an asset
> >to our cooperative effort in treatment of my
> >bipolar-1 illness. This pdoc is receptive.
> Yeah, that's a good attitude. I wish that more of them approached things this way. I can identify with those who have encountered patients who tried to get them to do something rash despite reasonable arguments - I've spoken to people who had this attitude myself, and it is, indeed, annoying. However, that's no excuse for treating every patient the same (for always assuming the worst) rather than acknowledging that we are individuals - or for summarily denying us a part in our treatment.




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