I sued my psychiatrist for reasons outside of medical malpractice &. His treatment was so outrageous, I believed I had a social responsibility to do my part to stop him or at least slow him down as well as to expose his treatment to let potential clients/patients know about his past behavior. He was a leader in his field and so dead wrong about his theories and opinions.
I experienced the deaths and severe illnesses of several friends who were being treated for MPD while I, too, was in treatment. (Please note that I am not accusing this doctor or hospital or saying they were in any way responsible).
I am a social activist and could not sit by in silence and take no action. Over the next few years, I began to witness the treatment I received spread across the US. It was sucking up women and their families, destroying relationships, destroying reputations, and causing incarceration of innocently accused people. It was unnecessary and related to erroneous recovered memories.
I wanted to clear my name and publicly state that I was notor neglected in any way.
Remember, I was treated by an expert’s expert in the diagnosis and treatment of multiple personalities.
Below are excerpts from:
Civil Action Complaint (2. personal injury, 2070 – medical malpractice) filed in the Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, Term, 1994 by attorney: Richard Shapiro, Esquire.
8. Previous to becoming a patient of defendant XXX, plaintiff was seen by a psychiatrist and therapist for depression.
9. Despite evidence to the contrary, the defendant XXX diagnosed the plaintiff as suffering from…
11. During the 6-1/2 year period of time that the plaintiff was under the car of defendant XXX, her condition deteriorated.
12. … During the plaintiff’s treatment and hospitalizations, the defendants act in such a reckless and negligent manner, so as to cause serious and permanent injuries to the plaintiff.
13. …consisted of the following:
- failure to exercise the degree of care and skill ordinarily exercised in similar cases..
- fail to possess the degree of knowledge and skill ordinarily possessed by other psychiatrists, having regard to the current state of knowledge in medicine and psychiatry
- failure to conform to the requisite standards of medical care under the circumstances
- failure to employ proper diagnostic technique and testing, in order to arrive at a correct diagnosis
- failure to make a correct diagnosis, notwithstanding the fact other physicians involved in the care and treatment of plaintiff did so
- failure to order the appropriate psychopharmicotherapy.
- failure to diagnose the plaintiff’s depressive illness
- allowing and encouraging the plaintiff to accept and believe alleged recovered memories, which were plainly unbelievable
- failure to corroborate or attempt to verify the plaintiff’s recovered memories
- failure to recognize that the course of treatment, whereby the plaintiff was actively encouraged to recover memories, was proving dramatically counterproductive
- failure to cease radical abreactive psychotherapy in the face of the plaintiff’s worsening mental state
- failure to …consult with the plaintiff’s parent, by any formal exploration with legal authorities, or by other means available to him
- failure to permit the plaintiff to have communication and/or contact with her parents
- failure to permit the plaintiff’s parents to have communication or contact with plaintiff..
- overseeing, allowing, and encouraging the use and misuse of sodium amytol [sic] and hypnosis for the purpose of eliciting recovered memories and, thereafter, actively attempting to convince the plaintiff of the veracity of these memories, when the memories elicited were bizarre and improbable and the use of this drug and hypnosis for this purpose is well know as unreliable and fundamentally wrong
- failure to refrain from “suggesting” recovered memories…
- “implainting” recovered memories..
- prescribing medications… which would be expected to increase her tendency toward suggestion, coercion, and manipulation by the defendants
- employing hypnotic techniques in an already suggestible patient prone to manipulation without advising her that the hypnotic and other supposed therapeutic techniques utilized in her treatment were capable of causing false beliefs in memories of events which never occurred.
- failure to render reasonable medical care by failure to take prober [sic] cognizance of the plaintiff’s changing medical condition
- failure to implement a proper treatment course which caused, over time, the plaintiff to experience and display symptoms of a supposed multiple personality in conformity with the defendant’s expectations when, in fact, no such illness existed.
- As a direct and proximate result of the negligence of the defendants, the plaintiff’s ability to rationally function was destroyed, and the plaintiff herself became convinced that she had hundreds of alternate personalities as a result of extended and repeated sexual and other traumatic abuse as a child… when such events did not, in fact, occur and were the product of coercion and suggestion resulting from the improper techniques employed by the defendants XXX
- As a further and proximate result of the negligence of the defendants, the plaintiff’s previous relationship with her parents … was effectively destroyed… by reason of disruption of her capacity for rational thought and functioning and the delusional beliefs developed by the plaintiff that she has suffered repeated sexual abuse as a child, when such beliefs were false and the product of the coercive and suggestive methods employed by the defendant XXX in his treatment
- plaintiff… will continue to be disabled in the future from performing her usual duties, occupation, and avocation, with a consequent loss of earnings, earning power, and earning potential
- .. has suffered in the past, and will continue to suffer in the future excruciating and agonizing aches, pains, mental anguish, humiliation, disfigurement, and limitations of her usual activities, pursuits, and pleasures.
- as a direct and proximate result of the carelessness and negligence of the defendants described in the foregoing paragraphs of this complaint, the plaintiff, .. has required in the past, and will in the future, continue to be compelled to expend large sums of money and incur monetary obligations for such care and treatment.
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