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I was worry-free for a week! Then the bad news came...

frisas45

frisas45

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My mother suffers from anger disorder and delusional disorder. She is once again doing better by taking leftover pills that was prescribed first from her previous doctor. When she was prescribed from her pills (I don't know the names), her previous doctor did not know about her delusions. But it did a profound effect on calming her down from her scares and her anger. But I told the previous doctor that she had a delusional disorder, he changed the pill to Risperidone. This pill failed even to calm down her temper, let alone being useless at eliminating her delusions. And after another pill failed, she was sent to Samsung hospital (Yes, Samsung don't just make electronics-they have a hospital in Korea). They provided her better pills (Depakote and Olanzapine). Although it performed better than Risperidone, it was still useless and made her gain weight. So, she reverted to her first pills, and considering to ask the current doctor in Samsung to provide her the pills that she took for the first time. However, when I asked the previous doctor for the name of the pills, he refused to provide the names and discouraged her to take it. He said that the pills are designed to lift her from the depression, nothing more. "And don't request for changes and ask her new doctor for the pills," he added, "General hospitals here don't listen to your requests and makes no changes to the prescriptions." That made my world shatter. Since she was better, I tried my darndest to not worry. But when these words hit me, this evaporated. You see, everyone was pissed off because of my incessant worries. No one can comfort me. I bent my ass over trying not to worry about this for months. You know, he can just refuse and give explanations (or not to give one), that's fine. But for him to discourage my hopes that even our current doctor can't help... I was consumed with pain. It was like building a small fire (with a lot of effort) and being gushed out. I think he is luring us back to his office for profit, but he was the one who kicked her out.

If our current doctor was helpful, I'd ignore my previous doctor's bullshit. But the current doctor sort of wasn't. Well, he was helpful at first, by increasing the Depakote, but when my mother blood test results came and he did not change the pills. He said her mental condition was serious, but he said that her blood sugar, liver enzyme, and her cholesterol was too high. So he couldn't do anything, even to give additional pills to regulate her weight. At least he could've sent her to a general practitioner to help her, but didn't even do that. So, the trust went down.

However, our current doctor doesn't know the severity of my mother's back. Her back is in a poor shape. If they get damaged, they can get worse- even to the point of surgery. If her getting fat can lead her to that, he might change the prescriptions. The nurses from Samsung confided me with this. And my mother hated the pills for getting her too drowsy. Depakote makes her less drowsy, and I know that Olanzapine is causing all the trouble with the drowsiness and her blood (although Depakote makes her fatter). If Olanzapine is removed with something else (like Solian), she might be less drowsy. Or he can change the prescription entirely. From my research, there are around 50 pills that reduce anger, and countless pills that reduce her delusions. There might be a possibility of many being the right ones.

I pray that he changes the pills, and I hope she endure the drowsiness. She is not drowsy during days, but complains of her drowsiness in the mornings. And she sometimes refuse to take pills that make her drowsy during mornings.
 
ReverieAnxiety

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Hi frisas!

It sounds like you don't get much help from doctors, so sorry to hear that! But, if a treatment wasn't working, surely it would be in the doctor's best interest to find one that works for mom. It doesn't make sense to keep mom on pills that's not working out for her. And how strange of your previous doctor to not let you know what pills she took previously. Do the doctors even communicate with each other?
 
frisas45

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Hi frisas!

It sounds like you don't get much help from doctors, so sorry to hear that! But, if a treatment wasn't working, surely it would be in the doctor's best interest to find one that works for mom. It doesn't make sense to keep mom on pills that's not working out for her. And how strange of your previous doctor to not let you know what pills she took previously. Do the doctors even communicate with each other?
No, not here. They just give out a paper listed with diagnoses from one doctor to the next.
 
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I'm so sorry Frisas :( Its hard to know in your country what the state of medical care is so I think its good that you are looking into all this and trying to double check the doctors. Keep advocating for your mother you are doing a great job but i know its stressful!
 
frisas45

frisas45

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I'm so sorry Frisas :( Its hard to know in your country what the state of medical care is so I think its good that you are looking into all this and trying to double check the doctors. Keep advocating for your mother you are doing a great job but i know its stressful!
Yeah. Lots of people say being mentally ill in Korea can be tough because of lack of mental health care. Lots of East Asian societies are like this.
 
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