Widespread Discrimination, Profiling, Negative Bias of Mentally Ill.
Posted in the Colorado Springs Forum
#1 Feb 15, 2013
As a resident of El Paso County, a retired, disabled individual with urgent medical needs, I have encountered widespread discrimination, profiling and negative bias in the local medical community towards mentally ill individuals. The fact that so many local doctors will allow themselves to be prejudicial towards someone with a substantiated medical problem just because they take anti-depressants is a serious challenge many of us face here. Instead of examining a patient, or providing treatment, the term "psychosis" is used too freely. Many like myself have no protections against a doctor with-holding treatment because he can simply say "you are most likely suffering from psychosis." Without taking tests, doing physical exams, reviewing medical historys, this practice is inexcuseable. I have filed complaints with both state and local agencies. Many veterans don't even bother to seek urgent medical help because they take anti-psychotics for post traumatic stress disorder and they know their mental illness will taint or cast a shadow over which ever medical doctor they have to deal with. There must be equality for all patients, even those who suffer from a mental illness. We're not all delussional.
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