Monday, September 24, 2018

Comments by Rosalee

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  • You certainly have been through a lot Catherine. I am glad to hear you are in such a good place now and enjoying life. I am still reeling from the injustices inflicted by a psychiatrist during a time I was enduring cancer treatments and was very physically ill. I have been fighting the system ever since to try reclaim my identity and my life. I am still trapped by the injustices but I keep hope alive that somehow the truth will eventually set me free. Thank you for sharing your compelling story of what you overcame.

  • Cali made very good points, chronic pain is often disabling and people become desperate for relief so they take a risk with a dangerous drug. Until a person has experienced it him or herself they should refrain from making unfair judgements.
    Steve hit the nail on the head that we shouldn’t paint all doctors with the same brush (including psychiatrists) as there are some good ones. Unfortunately those few can’t change a corrupt system. It is a real injustice to people with chronic pain to have it described as “invented” when pain is often related to objective conditions, i.e. arthritis, scoliosis, spinal stenosis, or other painful conditions including myofascial pain or fibromyalgia that often follow trauma or injury but unfortunately for patients there is less objective evidence to prove it. Chronic pain has no easy answers and certainly the use of opioids have harmed patients and caused many deaths. But as far as the truly “invented” diagnoses, and diagnoses with no objectivity or evidence to prove them, psychiatry sure wrote the ‘book’ on that. And it seems their psychiatric drugs have done just as much harm as the opioids.

  • The issue of chronic pain is an extremely complex one with a lot of unknown factors. I dealt with chronic pain for 18 years following a car accident and later a slip and fall on a wet floor at work. I was diagnosed at different Pain Clinics with Myofascial Pain Syndrome with multiple trigger points in my back and neck. When trigger points are activated by a minor task involving a twist or turn it sets off back spasms similar to having a Charlie horse in my back. When palpated the muscles are tight, knotted bands and there is often swelling. The pain from the spasms is excruciating and each episode can last anywhere from 2 days to 2 or 3 weeks. I tried many treatment modalities and many different pain medications, including a trial of the opioid Dilaudid. There was not any drug that helped much and the side effects were hard to tolerate. If the drug provided a little relief the side effects rendered me unable to think straight or to function and that was not acceptable to me. Instead I resorted to using infrared heat and as many holistic methods as possible. I appreciate Dr. Kelmenson acknowledges every situation is different. I agree opioids were likely prescribed too often and maybe too carelessly but I also appreciate my family doctor didn’t dismiss my chronic pain. I know her only goal was to try get me some relief. What does concern me however is to have chronic pain described in the blog as an “invented” diagnosis.

  • Bravo, what incredible work Irit and Don! I was a very responsible and independent woman in my mid- fifties when I was deeply harmed by a psychiatrist I agreed to see while in cancer treatment because chemo and steroids had caused major insomnia. I was told I was seeing the psychiatrist simply to get “help with sleep meds”. This young and junior female psychiatrist prescribed me anti-psychotics at my first visit. I didn’t know what it was, I thought it was just a sleeping pill. I took it the first night and had horrific side effects so refused to take any more. That made her very angry. Then this psychiatrist tried to get me admitted to the psychiatric ward. When I refused that made her even more angry. A year after I last saw her (a total of 6 visits over 6 weeks) I discovered she had written many damaging lies about me and labelled me with 4 severe psychiatric diagnoses that are totally absurd and completely unfounded. These labels were the reason I ended up being forced against my will and without my consent to have a cancer-free body part removed. I am now paying dearly for the brutal and unneeded surgery and for her fictitious report and fake labels that she posted to the province-wide electronic Netcare system. The electronic records are accessed every time I require health care services and has very negatively affected every encounter I have since had with the health care system. It has led to stigma and discrimination I never knew existed, as well as extremely delayed and substandard treatment of any medical emergencies (i.e. a torn retina) and for me to continually be denied consults with specialists, etc. I have evidence of the severe violations made pertaining to unprofessional and unethical conduct and lack of consent, and lots more solid evidence that the damaging labels are totally false. I have been fighting to have my records corrected for 7 years but the College of Physicians and Surgeons of AB has staunchly defended her unjust actions. I was naïve and had no knowledge of the oppression, stigma and harm of psychiatry before. I thought I was alone in my traumatizing experience until I found this website. I am shocked and alarmed by the stories of harm done to so many other innocent people. I could not understand how it is that people were forced to take drugs and ECT until I began reading the various blogs and posts. After I read a couple issues of the Phoenix Rising tonight (thank you for the link) I was even more appalled. I so look forward to purchasing your book. If you do resort to self publishing it seems Balboa Press is a company that promotes books on self-help and improving your life. However I do hope you can find a publisher so the book can reach as many people as possible. Thank you and Bless you and Don for your incredible dedication and integrity to fighting these horrendous injustices.

  • Robert,
    I did not know how incredibly harmful psychiatry can be until I was blindsided by a psychiatrist I saw for “help with sleep meds” while I was in cancer treatment and struggling with insomnia. What I endured was corrupt, dishonest and shockingly cruel, a nightmare that left me in a state of shock and despair because of the permanent harm that has been done to my life. It was only a few months ago that I discovered this website and was blown away when reading some of articles and blogs that describe so much of what I experienced. It has been extremely helpful to read such validating, important and informative stories and blogs to expose the truth and harm of psychiatry. I believe my story is more undeniable proof of the sheer madness/stupidity of psychiatry and that their ‘labels’ are ridiculous and totally unsubstantiated. Until I experienced it for myself I had no idea and everyone needs to be aware of the dangers of agreeing to see a psychiatrist for any reason. From the bottom of my heart I thank you for your work and for this website.

  • Thanks for the excellent article. Finding the Mad in America website and reading such validating information has been very helpful for me in trying to deal with ongoing punishing consequences from agreeing to see a psychiatrist simply for “help with sleep meds” while I was in the midst of cancer treatments.