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Schizophrenia Wrong Diagnoses, resulting in GM Seizure.

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  • Posted By: jesuisfaer
  • August 22, 2009
  • 05:31 AM

At 18-years of age, I was admitted to a local generalized psych unit, suffering Anorexia Nervosa- B/P Subtype at a bmi of 12.

Was not offered NG feeding and permitted to eat minimally- not finished all food on plate, avoiding carbs, picking meat/cheese out of sandwiches, allowed to have low fat milk and yoghurt, etc. NOT practical or adequate nutrition for someone so ill!!

I was suffering auditory and visual hallucinations, hearing voices quite prominently, major paranoia.

I was diagnosed with schizophrenia and put on a high dose of the medication Seroquel.

I was discharged with a still severely emaciated BMI on 1200mg of seroquel.

A day after my discharge, I suffered a grand mal seizure, whilst watching a movie with my family.

I was rushed to hospital and the seizure was found to be related to the medication. I had not had any prior epileptic symptoms.

After some investigation from a different psychiatrist, it was found that my psychotic symptoms were a result of malnutrition and NOT schizophrenia- I was admitted to an eating disorder specific unit and re-fed to a decent weight for the first time in years.

My psychotic symptoms completely disappeared.

The original psychiatrist would not accept that his diagnosis was wrong and fought a major battle to DENY me medical treatment!! Talk about ego!!

He was eventually 'let off' from his position as head doctor at the unit in question- and to be honest, I am very relieved!!

He was diagnosing several anorexic females at the unit as being 'schizophrenic' and putting them on high doses of schizophrenic medication... all-the-while, wondering why he wasn't seeing any improvement!

When I am older, I hope to become an advocate for eating disordered patients being mistreated in a health system which doesnt fully understand the disorder(s). The abuse and mistreatment I have suffered over the years has been horrific!

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