Chronic Pain, Reflux, Depression, Hypertension, Fatigue...

Why wouldn't I be depressed with all those medical problems. Actually I'm not clinically depressed anymore--just miserable. And some of the people I went to for help made the situation worse. Some social worker at a local clinic where I went to a peer support group sent me to what she said was a special unit of a local hospital. It turned out to be an ordinary emergency room, where they did all kinds of tests that had been done before and sent me a huge bill (and I don't have insurance). So they just added another worry, which in my experience is common among people who say they are trying to help you. A lot of them are incompetent or just trying to justify their jobs.
RG1945 RG1945
61-65, M
2 Responses Sep 7, 2010

Don't you just hate it when they diagnose you with depression as if it's some big surprise when you've been battling chronic conditions for years? Who wouldn't be depressed?

I didn't think that a person could be involuntarily confined to a hospital for a week and charged tens of thousands of dollars for it without even a hearing before a judge. And I was being treated by my own doctor and psychiatrist at the time. I blame both the hospital and the idiot at the mental health clinic, who recommended that I go to this hospital. I had only gone to the clinic for a peer-support meeting.

I did some checking and found out that psychiatrists, "screeners", and therapists were often paid a bounty by the hospital for every person they got committed there.

"Some psychiatric hospitals made a practice of admitting adolescents in distress, using the diagnosis of bipolar disorder. The federal government finally intervened, charging the hospitals with fraud and assessing fines of millions of dollars. Many of these children did not have bipolar disorder at all, but were acting inappropriately because of stresses in their families, with their friends, and at school." --Edward Drummond, M.D., Associate Medical Director at Seacoast Mental Health Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in The Complete Guide to Psychiatric Drugs (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 2000), pages 13-14. Dr. Drummond graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine and was trained in psychiatry at Harvard University."

A Congressional investigation concluded
"Our investigation has found that thousands of adolescents, children, and adults have been hospitalized for psychiatric treatment they didn't need; that hospitals hire bounty hunters to kidnap patients with mental health insurance; that patients are kept against their will until their insurance benefits run out; that psychiatrists are being pressured by the hospitals to increase profit; that hospitals 'infiltrate' schools by paying kickbacks to school counselors who deliver students; that bonuses are paid to hospital employees, including psychiatrists, for keeping the hospital beds filled.
The supposed experts responsible for these "diagnoses" are usually biased in favor of commitment because of their personal economic concerns or their affiliation with the psychiatric "hospital" where the "patient" is or will be confined. Psychiatric "hospitals", like all businesses, need customers. In the case of psychiatric "hospitals", they need patients. They not only want patients, they need them to stay in business. Similarly, individual psychiatrists and psychologists need patients to make money and earn a living.... "Keeping all those psychiatric beds filled is critical, and administrators are aggressively ensuring that they will be. .. Some facilities even resort to paying employees and others bonuses of $500 to $1,000 per referral.
"Vulnerable people who have sought help from psychiatrists and psychologists have been falsely diagnosed and forced to undergo unwanted and often harmful psychiatric methods."

Lawrence Stevens, a lawyer whose practice has included representing psychiatric "patients" has also documented these cases.

Recent studies have confirmed how corrupt and wasteful psychiatry is.
The Great Waste. Up to $40 Billion per Year in Psychiatric Fraud!topic/

What makes it even worse is that if you're treated in a psychiatric ward, voluntarily or involuntarily, your name goes into a national database. This may prevent you from getting many jobs, buying a gun, etc. You'd think your medical records are confidential, but here's the rub: You have to sign away your rights of confidentiality in many cases to pursue your application.

And this is America--land of the free! What a laugh.

totally sucks when a health care worker sends you the wrong way! I understand about the bill in the mail.

I ended up paying tens of thousands of dollars for hospital stays that did me no good and were totally unnecessary. These "screeners" and many psychiatrists are scammers IMHO. Another note about how those with mental health problems (most of which are depression, eating disorders, etc. are screwed. Based on a few incidents they've passed laws barring people who have received mental health care from owning a gun and other activities. A huge federal database of such people is being created. But the data clearly show that the mentally ill are LESS violent than the general population and are more likely to be the victims than the perpetrators of violence. In fact, they are more likely to be the targets than the perpetrators of violence. An extensive study reported in Psychiatric News said "People with mental illness were eight times more likely to be robbed, 15 times more likely to be assaulted, and 23 times more likely to be raped than was the general population. Theft of property from persons, rare in the general population at 0.2 percent, happens to 21 percent of mentally ill persons, or 140 times as often.

"The direction of causality is the reverse of common belief: persons who are seriously mentally ill are far more likely to be the victims of violence than its initiators," said Leon Eisenberg, M.D., professor emeritus of social medicine and health policy at Harvard Medical School, said. "The evidence produced by Linda Teplin et al. settles the matter beyond question."
--Aaron Levin, People With Mental Illness More Often Crime Victims, Psychiatric News September 2, 2005
Volume 40 Number 17 Page 16

"Most people who have a disconnect from reality (virtually anyone diagnosed with schizophrenia or a psychotic disorder) do not go on to kill others. And research has shown that barring the abuse of substances, there is no significant statistical difference between people with mental illness and people without it when it comes to violent crimes."
--John M Grohol PsyD, World of Psychology
Under 18 U.S.C. § 922(d), it is unlawful for any person to sell or otherwise dispose of any firearm or ammunition to any person who has been treated in a psych ward, even voluntarily.