04 September 2011

Another JDID* survivor's story

*jaw-droppingly irresponsible diagnosis

In our 8/9/11 post on our responses to anti-depressants I mentioned that I had once been diagnosed as bipolar based on the fact that my ability to concentrate and my insomnia both worsened considerably on Zoloft, which I had been taking for depression.

I just came across Beyond Meds' Gianna's story of being diagnosed as bipolar following several manic episodes brought on by hallucinogens. Apparently the diagnosis "reacts really badly to hallucinogens" didn't occur to anyone who was treating her. She was on six prescriptions when she undiagnosed herself 23 years later.