We entrust our very livelihood to our medical physicians. We tell them everything about ourselves and trust that they will give us an adequate diagnosis as to a solution to our current problems. More physicians however are neglecting to inform patience properly about their diagnosis and leaving them to fend for themselves. If you are among the many that suffer from bipolar disorder, then you understand that a misdiagnosis or bipolar disorder treatment negligence can lead to complications that can be avoided when the disorder is properly maintained. Here is a little about the disorder so you can better determine if you may have a claim for bipolar disorder treatment negligence.
Practically everyone experiences some form of sadness within their lives, but an episode linked to bipolar disorder takes the slight depression to an entirely new level. People with bipolar disorder have a distinct inability to control their very emotions. They may be completely fine and then have a complete mood swing without warning. The older term for bipolar disorder is manic depression due to the series of depression and mania episodes the affected person experiences.
Like most emotional ailments, bipolar disorder takes time to diagnose. Time spent talking over your moods, anxieties, and even your family history will give insight as to what is to be done next. If your doctor suspects that you may have bipolar disorder, you will be sent to a psychiatrist for a proper evaluation. Here are some of the symptoms to take note of.
- Inflated Image of Self – Those that have bipolar disorder tend to hold their self-image up very high when compared to others.
- Hyperactivity – They may have a severe case of hyperactivity followed by a very evident crash in mood.
- Loud Speaking – A person with bipolar disorder tends to want to be heard above anyone else and therefore they will speak high above others in the room, to the point where they are completely uninterruptable.
- Hypersexuality – Bipolar patients tend to have an increased sexual drive to where they will have sex with multiple partners and people they would not normally associate themselves with during an episode.
- Substance Abuse
Once a person has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder they will be given a regimen of mood stabilizers along with regular evaluations by their doctor to determine the correct dosage of the medications. The mood stabilizers work to balance the emotional areas of the brain through chemicals. The medicine reduces the number of mania episodes the person experiences.
The different medications can have varied side effects depending on the dosage given to the person. The side effects tend to be minimal when compared to the bipolar episodes themselves, but in some cases the side effects can be quite severe. The nature of the drugs used to treat bipolar disorder makes it particularly dangerous to completely stop taking them all at once. A doctor will slowly step a patient down from the medication even if side effects are evident to avoid a severe episode of mania. Side effects include, but are not limited to…
- Breathing Trouble
- Slurred Speech
- Sores Throughout the Body
Side effects tend to diminish as the person’s body becomes used to the medication. It is always useful to have an open line of communication with your doctor and keep track of your moods between doctor visits.
Bipolar Disorder Treatment Negligence is becoming more and more common. Physicians are not taking the time to properly diagnose patience and therefore prescribing bipolar disorder drugs simply to stabilize their moods without taking the time to understand the root of the problem. If you suspect that you have been misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder and have been prescribed mood stabilizing drugs you need to contact legal advice as soon as possible.
Statute of limitations on bipolar disorder treatment negligence claims are not widely known, but with the number of these claims increasing, physicians need to be made accountable for the neglect to the patient. The side effects of these mood stabilizing drugs can range from moderate to severe and your quality of life can be effected. You should never have to suffer because a physician did not take the time it takes to discover if you actually had bipolar disorder, or worse, prescribed you a drug that was too strong for your milder case of bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder treatment negligence puts you as well as your family at risk since some episodes of mania can cause the affected person to lash out at family and friends. Make your claim as soon as possible to avoid any prolonged effects.
If you have suffered Bipolar Disorder as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault then you may be able to make a claim. Call Tylers today on (freephone): 0800 699 0079 to see if you can make a claim today.
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