I was treated for depression for over 6 years by a Mental Health Facility here in our county. Shortly after I begun treatment there in June of '06', the psychiatrist began to treat me aggressively with numerous psychotropic drugs; which only worsened my condition to the point that between '97" and late '99,' I had 5 hospitalizations; 3 major suicide attempts, was in therapy at a point 2x per week along with group therapy. I was so disgusted at the feelings of having to hurt myself (which I did) and the suicidal ideations while on the medications, but when I would tell the psychiatrist that I stopped taking them, he would threaten to place me back in the hospital for non-compliance, and it would start over again. I finally, by sometime in '01,' just stopped taking them, took the prescriptions and did not fill them. Once in awhile, I would fill it and not take it in case they checked. You see, after my last hospitalization in '99,' different events spawned my suspicion that things were going on there that should not be, and I began reporting them to IDMH, JCAHO., FSSA, IPAS, the Attorney Generals Office. Of course, every single complaint (which I would not have filed had I not had documented proof or a credible witness more to save face and not look like a fool), that I filed with everyone, was thrown out, refusing to be reopened, and by the time that I was able to demand to see their rebuttals to them- especially to the Attorney Generals Office, it became clear that the reason that their attorneys were able to convince everyone to just 'ignore me and I will go away,' was due to the fact that all of my complaints, etc., were all part of my illness; not uncommon for patients in my condition and the lies that I had reported that they had told them was merely 'how patients with my condition perceives things.' I was livid. They were successful again... and they avoided investigation into their huge corporation that is even birthing centers in other counties as well. They managed to get the other mental health facilities to close or move over an hour away, and they also managed to encourage all of our medical hospitals in So.Bend and Mishawaka to merge with them and close their psychiatric units. No attorney around here, whether they feel that you have a case or not, will touch them with a ten foot pole. The media will not expose anything; neither will our local newspaper unless a patient hurts a staff member or a patient commits suicide there and they have to, but they get by with that, too.
Anyway, on Nov. 24, 2004, a seizure sent me to the hospital and a large meningioma was found on my left frontal lobe. The neurosurgeon said that by his estimation, because they are very slow growing, it had to have been there anywhere from 5-10-15 yrs of so. (It was slightly smaller than a tennis ball). Within a couple of weeks after it was removed, the depression was gone-except for situational depression due to deaths of loved ones, etc..
Now, I have reported all of this to the Attorney Generals Office and my case with them has been reopened. But, I can't even find an attorney 3 hours away that will touch them, yet everyone tells me that I do have a malpractice claim. A letter today from an attorney told me that my 'statutes of limitations for malpractice expires after 2 yrs., so he would not take the case, as he did not have time to file a claim in a short period of time; he was to busy, and it would only had given him a couple of months. What if the tumor had not been found until '06?' It wasn't until it was removed that the depression left and we realized that I was being treated for something I never had for all of those years. My husband told them more than once that he did not believe that I had bipolar, etc., and wanted to 'see proof,' and they told him that there was no way, except by the symptoms that I was displaying. My husband almost lost his me more than once; my 5 children almost lost their mother; I almost lost my life as well as my job as I went for over a year with people trying to get rid of me, etc.. I have so much documented proof of things that happened just to me, that I am willing to represent myself if I have to to get them exposed. No one else has any guts with them. In fact, I am even suspicious of the states involement and participation, but cannot prove it.. Just a gut feeling after a couple of events. I am lost as to what to do. The problem is that it is NOT just me... The patient rights violations occur time and time again, as well as other 'abuses,' and not only the emotional and mental abuse either. This facility is filling their greedy bellies at the expense of people in pain and it is not right. They do and say anything they want; don't say or do things that they should and are completely ignore the standards and codes mandated to them without any fear of reprimand. Most have no rights to choose due to ins. or lack of transportation and are just 'stuck' going there. I do NOT know what to do. My husband works 2nd; we have 1 car and there is only so far I can go. But it makes me irate to see the events that take place there; it makes me irate to think that the with the revelation of the REAL diagnosis, that it does nothing to restart my statute of limitations with regards to medical malpractice. What can I do and how can I legally represent myself? If I get no money and they are exposed and forced to comply with mandates, then all of that pain will not be in vain and maybe some others with true mental illness can at least find someone to help give them some relief and improve their quality of life. I see this as frightening and through those years, I have felt the anguish that so many feel and it is beyond words.