State of Mind: October 2004 Archives

October 18, 2004

Finding a doc

Hi everyone,
I've been busy recuperating and adjusting to new doses of medication besides trying to lead a normal life at college. Its been quite a while since i posted, so here I am.

Medication can be bliss, but the wrong type of medication can also land you up in hell. I was put on clonazepam on a regular dosage by my previous doctor and my new doctor told me that it's habit forming and never used for so long (3 months in my case). He started adjusting my dosage, reducing the risperidone, and removing the clonazepam. I started getting paranoid. The doc tried to remove the anti depressant then. But I went into depression. He completely stopped the clonazepam and started me on sertraline, another anti-depressant. I'm now back on track.

Finding the right doctor can be a painful task not to mention the hell the patient has to go through during the time. Once a good doctor is found, right diagnoses is the next crucial step. That requires the doctor to have a good relationship with the patient, an understanding of the problems the patient says s/he is facing, and finally administering the right tests to evaluate the patient's condition. Once the condition is diagnosed correctly and the medication is started, the doctor should be competent enough to prescribe the right dosage, keeping in mind the effective functioning of the patient in society by regulating the side effects of the medication. Finding the right doctor also means that the doctor will adjust the dosage over time to settle it to the patients condition at which the patient is performing the daily activities at the minimum dosage. Finally, you can be assured that the doctor is good if the patient feels comfortable in his presence and keeps on encouraging the patient through the crisis stage and helping him/her manage through a relapse.

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