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How to come off Community Treatment Order and Abilify injection

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dan george

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Hello Mental Health Forum,

I am new to this forum. I'm looking to get some help regarding my situation and condition.

I have been on a Community Treatment Order for 2 years now and the Mental Health Review Tribunal recently renewed the CTO for another 4 months. They have diagnosed me as having Schizophrenia. This was because of an incident that happened when I threatened one of my family members with a knife. No one was injured or hurt. I was sent by ambulance to the hospital and admitted to a psychiatric ward.

I have been on pills in the past before but I stopped them and they have written in my notes that I have a history of non adherence to medication. They now force me to have to take a depot injection once a month of Abilify. If I do not comply with the treatment order then the police will come to my house and restrain me and take me back to hospital and forcibly medicate me with the injection.

I also see a social worker who is my case manager once a month and a psychiatrist in the community every 2 months. I also see a private psychiatrist for a 2nd opinion and he has been trying to help me come off this community treatment order.

I have tried asking for oral medication to my psychiatrist and a reduction of the injection which is now at 400 mg. They always refuse to give me oral medication and say "next time" or "in the future". I have serious side effects from the medication including akathisia (restless legs), insomnia and tremors.

At the last Tribunal hearing, they wrote down in their decision that I have started gaining insight into my condition and have a commitment to my recovery. They also said they encourage the treating team to work with me and my family to pursue the option of an alternative treatment regime (taking pills instead of injection).

Can anyone give me advice on how to gain back my rights to take oral medication and come off this community treatment order?
 
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determined19

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Im in the same position as you.
 
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dan george

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Im in the same position as you.
I am currently under a Community Treatment Order in Australia. I have hired a lawyer in the past but failed to revoke the CTO. How long have you been on a CTO?
 
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determined19

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I've been under a CTO for the past 18 months. I asked a private psychiatrist if I could have a consultation but he said that he could only give a non-binding recommendation, which can be ignored and that only my treating doctor can revoke my CTO. The private psychiatrist recommended I get a second opinion. Im thinking of moving to get a new doctor. Im worried that if I get a second opinion or challenge the decision via a tribunal that it will be used against me i.e. be on more record
 
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nightmare57

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I have been on a CTO since 2013. I have been to many Managers meetings and Tribunals with no success. I was also on 400mg of Abilify but they say that stopped working at week 3 and I became psychotic again so they started me on Invega 75mg depot. I feel a sense of hopelessness. It feels like being a prisoner in the community.
 
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dan george

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I have been on a CTO since 2013. I have been to many Managers meetings and Tribunals with no success. I was also on 400mg of Abilify but they say that stopped working at week 3 and I became psychotic again so they started me on Invega 75mg depot. I feel a sense of hopelessness. It feels like being a prisoner in the community.
I feel as if they don't want me to have any form of control over taking the medication that's why they refuse to give me oral meds. I hate being forced to have the injection.
 
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hi Dan welcome to the forum.

If you are getting difficult side effects you can ask if they can reduce the dose or change to a different depot drug in the meantime.

Being on a CTO is something I dread and am always scared of. Sorry I can't really give advice, except to keep assuring them you are committed to taking meds to stay well and will take an oral drug willingly. It is awful to be forced. Ask them to give you a chance. (If it happened to me, and if I were young and fit - which I am not - I would disappear for a while, I believe if the order runs out in your absence they can't force you back on it unless you are sectionable (but I may be wrong, and I am in the U.K.).

Wish you well

Sarah
 
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