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I really felt judged

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  • Posted By: hoefer2wed
  • February 26, 2007
  • 06:51 PM

16 years ago I voluntarily entered into drug and alcohol treatment, because I chose a treatment facility that worked primarily with the homeless they had a mandantory rule about hospitilization. So off I went after 9 years on crank and alcohol, just to be told that the people looking at me didn't exist, that I was crazy and diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Luckily I ended up pregnant and went to see a specialist midwife who dealt with high risk pregnancies with the mentally ill. Since I had such a difficult time securing housing with that diagnosis, I was hospitalized for the next 3 months of my pregnancy. There was alot of doctors, specialist etc. visiting me since I was the only one on this particular ward. After 3 months the midwife told me with a smile on her face that not only did I not recieve the correct diagnosis, that I had been over medicated. When she tried to reach the psychiatrist who treated me while I was in treatment, she was shocked to discover that the psychiatrist had been jailed for incorrectly treating mental health patients in this particular treatment program. He was apparently recieving large cash amounts from the government for each high risk dual diagnosis. Out of 750 people treated in a 5 year period at this now defunct treatment program 692 were diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenics. The government thought that this particular psychiatrist was doing the various homeless agencies a wonderful service by diagnosing, and treating the most ill and ensuring them proper treatment. In the following 10 years I have kept up with former employees of the treatment center, sadly in a recent newsletter we were notified by a social service agency that of the 692 diagnosed incorrectly 78 of them had died due to complications of the over medicating. No one did a news story of this event or of the people that died, I was lucky enough to be re-diagnosed because I became pregnant. Now properly diagnosed with ocd, and bi polar disorder, I recieve wonderful treatment and have an amazing supportive husband. Since my diagnosis was changed I have never had a problem finding comfortable and safe housing, and have not experienced the judgements that I once did for having a diagnosis that was made for the love of money instead of the love of helping people who needed to see that someone feels that they have the right to be cared for the best way we as a society can. With love, understanding, empathy, smiles, and truly caring and compassionate people to care for the people that society seems to judge before knowing.

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