Misdiagnosed and Lied ToMon, Mar 6th 2006
I am a twenty four year old woman. From ages seven to twenty, I was diagnosed with ADHD, and treated for it. However, looking up some of the medications I was put on by one of my last therapists, I am growing both concerned and angry. These medications, which I was put on first singly, then as a cocktail, were Dexadrine, Depakote, and Zyprexa. The medications made me exhausted, irritable, and prone to outbursts when I was awake. They also tended to make me more emotional. The Depakote, after I was pulled off suddenly, even gave me seizures, partially resulting in my being removed from a college dorm. My parents claim I "outgrew" the ADHD, since in the past six years since I have been off medication and NOT in therapy (against their wishes), I have made huge strides in my social skills and am no longer constantly depressed. I know ADHD cannot be "outgrown," and my mother used to claim I had symptoms of being sexually abused, and would badger me for details. I remember no such incident. She also once mortified me by asking in front of relatives, if I was "hearing voices," even though I NEVER have. My grip of reality is extremely firm. Since being removed from those medications, I have noticed my memory getting worse, and the occasional involuntary tremor or reflex. These are not small events; friends have commented on them. After hearing about the Zyprexa worries that have recently been in the news, I did some research, confirming that NONE of those medications are used for ADHD. And if I had bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, how does one explain the fact that only that therapist has ever even hinted at either, and how could I have supposedly "outgrown" them? As you can see, part of me is utterly furious at being lied to, and placed on medications that have caused lasting, perhaps permanent, side effects. Please respond with what I should do. Also note that neither of the therapists I saw after him diagnosed me with either, and were in fact puzzled as to why those medications would have ever been prescribed for me. Both said I did not need medication, and minimal therapy.
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