Ann

Lenoir, NC

#1 May 2, 2012
Anyone else have problems with these assholes?

I'm not ashamed to say I'm bipolar and used to go to New River where I never had a problem seeing a doctor or therapist and if they couldn't see me then I saw the psych nurse.

Since RHA took over it's been one problems after another. These ass wipes keep canceling appointments, changing my pstchiatrist on a whim, who in turn keeps changing my diagnoses and medications. You can't stay stable like this. And if you need to see someone in an emergency, forget it! They will set the appointment a few weeks out and then at the last minute cancel it and schedule yet another.

Oh and the lovely receptionists. They are a collection of the rudest women ever placed on this Earth. They make it very obvious that they don't care. Great staff in a place for the mentally unstable.
whoo

Spindale, NC

#2 May 2, 2012
Ann wrote:
Anyone else have problems with these assholes?
I'm not ashamed to say I'm bipolar and used to go to New River where I never had a problem seeing a doctor or therapist and if they couldn't see me then I saw the psych nurse.
Since RHA took over it's been one problems after another. These ass wipes keep canceling appointments, changing my pstchiatrist on a whim, who in turn keeps changing my diagnoses and medications. You can't stay stable like this. And if you need to see someone in an emergency, forget it! They will set the appointment a few weeks out and then at the last minute cancel it and schedule yet another.
Oh and the lovely receptionists. They are a collection of the rudest women ever placed on this Earth. They make it very obvious that they don't care. Great staff in a place for the mentally unstable.
get a job and you will get over the bipolar crap.
Ann

Lenoir, NC

#3 May 2, 2012
Incase you didn't know whoo, you can be bipolar AND have a job. Also quit showing your lack of education. Bipolar is inherited and you can't "get over" it. So why don't you show your nasty little face the next time I'm in a manic and I'll wipe the asphalt with you and the others can enjoy the show.
naaaa

Angier, NC

#4 May 2, 2012
Ann wrote:
Incase you didn't know whoo, you can be bipolar AND have a job. Also quit showing your lack of education. Bipolar is inherited and you can't "get over" it. So why don't you show your nasty little face the next time I'm in a manic and I'll wipe the asphalt with you and the others can enjoy the show.
Normal people don't believe in conditions such as this .

Im normal . Trust me suck it up and go about your life WITHOUT drugs , medication , and doctors .

Diet and Exercise , how much of this do you do EVERYDAY ?

Diet and exercise will fix a lot , you would be surprised .

All these " Conditions " that the DRUG COMPANYS and DOCTORS MAKE UP AND THEN SELL YOU MEDICATION TO MAKE THEMSELFS RICH .

this stuff has only came around the last 20 years or so.

What did everyone do with all these illnessesall throughttime before 20 years ago? Just fcking deal with it and stop lieing to yourself .
Ann

Lenoir, NC

#5 May 2, 2012
Please research before you open your uneducated mouth. Bipolar, formally known as manic depression, has been reconized since the 1800's. People then were subjected to lives in asylums. In the 1900's when they were closed down they realized that treatments such as Lithium aloud people to live almost normal healthy lives.

As for exercise, don't worry your little uneducated head about it. I get plenty of exercise, eat little to no carbs, around 1200 calories and day and watch my fat intake. Oh and lets not forget our vitamins either.
Ann

Lenoir, NC

#6 May 2, 2012
Excuse me and let me fix my error. This is from an article about bipolar...

Bipolar disorder is perhaps one of the oldest known illnesses. Research reveals some mention of the symptoms in early medical records. It was first noticed as far back as the second century. Aretaeus of Cappadocia (a city in ancient Turkey) first recognized some symptoms of mania and depression, and felt they could be linked to each other. His findings went unnoticed and unsubstantiated until 1650, when a scientist named Richard Burton wrote a book, The Anatomy of Melancholia, which focused specifically on depression. His findings are still used today by many in the mental health field, and he is credited with being the father of depression as a mental illness.

Jules Falret coined term "folie circulaire" (circular insanity) in 1854, and established a link between depression and suicide. His work led to the term bipolar disorder, as he was able to find a distinction between moments of depression and heightened moods. He recognized this to be different from simple depression, and finally in 1875 his recorded findings were termed Manic-Depressive Psychosis, a psychiatric disorder. Another lesser-known fact attributed to Falret is that he found the disease seemed to be found in certain families thus recognizing very early that there was a genetic link.

Francois Baillarger believed there was a major distinction between bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. He characterized the depressive phase of the disease. It was this achievement that allowed bipolar disorder to receive its own classification from other mental disorders of the time. In 1913, Emil Krapelin established the term manic-depressive, with an exhaustive study surrounding the effects of depression and a small portion about the manic state. Within fifteen years, this approach to mental illness was fully accepted and became the prevailing theory of the early 1930’s.

In 1952, an article appeared in The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disorder, analyzing the genetics behind the disorder, and revealing the likelihood that manic depression ran in families already stricken with the disorder. Throughout much of the 1960’s many with the disorder were institutionalized and given little help financially because of Congress’ refusal to recognize manic depression as legitimate illness. Only in the early 1970’s were laws enacted and standards established to help those afflicted, and in 1979 the National Association of Mental Health (NAMI) was founded.

In 1980, the term bipolar disorder (1980) replaced manic-depressive disorder as a diagnostic term found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-III). During the 1980’s research finally was able to distinguish between adult and childhood bipolar disorder, and even today more studies are needed to find the probable causes and the possible methods to treat the illness.
naaaaaa

Angier, NC

#7 May 2, 2012
Ann wrote:
Excuse me and let me fix my error. This is from an article about bipolar...
Bipolar disorder is perhaps one of the oldest known illnesses. Research reveals some mention of the symptoms in early medical records. It was first noticed as far back as the second century. Aretaeus of Cappadocia (a city in ancient Turkey) first recognized some symptoms of mania and depression, and felt they could be linked to each other. His findings went unnoticed and unsubstantiated until 1650, when a scientist named Richard Burton wrote a book, The Anatomy of Melancholia, which focused specifically on depression. His findings are still used today by many in the mental health field, and he is credited with being the father of depression as a mental illness.
Jules Falret coined term "folie circulaire" (circular insanity) in 1854, and established a link between depression and suicide. His work led to the term bipolar disorder, as he was able to find a distinction between moments of depression and heightened moods. He recognized this to be different from simple depression, and finally in 1875 his recorded findings were termed Manic-Depressive Psychosis, a psychiatric disorder. Another lesser-known fact attributed to Falret is that he found the disease seemed to be found in certain families thus recognizing very early that there was a genetic link.
Francois Baillarger believed there was a major distinction between bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. He characterized the depressive phase of the disease. It was this achievement that allowed bipolar disorder to receive its own classification from other mental disorders of the time. In 1913, Emil Krapelin established the term manic-depressive, with an exhaustive study surrounding the effects of depression and a small portion about the manic state. Within fifteen years, this approach to mental illness was fully accepted and became the prevailing theory of the early 1930’s.
In 1952, an article appeared in The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disorder, analyzing the genetics behind the disorder, and revealing the likelihood that manic depression ran in families already stricken with the disorder. Throughout much of the 1960’s many with the disorder were institutionalized and given little help financially because of Congress’ refusal to recognize manic depression as legitimate illness. Only in the early 1970’s were laws enacted and standards established to help those afflicted, and in 1979 the National Association of Mental Health (NAMI) was founded.
In 1980, the term bipolar disorder (1980) replaced manic-depressive disorder as a diagnostic term found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-III). During the 1980’s research finally was able to distinguish between adult and childhood bipolar disorder, and even today more studies are needed to find the probable causes and the possible methods to treat the illness.
Jesus christ suck it up and go on .

Stop waiting for anyone to change YOUR LIFE .

I dont beleive in this garbage no matter who says what , medication is for suckers and people with no spine .

Just .....Go.....Away .....
rU4real

Greenville, SC

#8 May 2, 2012
naaaaaa wrote:
<quoted text>
Jesus christ suck it up and go on .
Stop waiting for anyone to change YOUR LIFE .
I dont beleive in this garbage no matter who says what , medication is for suckers and people with no spine .
Just .....Go.....Away .....
Why should she have to go away? Nobody said you had to read a word of anything she wrote. If anyone needs to go away, that
would be you. It is obvious that for some reason you have a
problem with mental illness, possibly in denial yourself. If this
thread upsets you so much, then just keep on scrolling until you find something else to read about that doesn't upset you. Avoidance behavior is concidered mental illness as well, but in your case, I think it actually might be therapeutic to your peace of mind.
rU4real

Greenville, SC

#9 May 2, 2012
Ann, if I may offer this advice to you (take it or leave it, that is your choice to do, and I say that respectfully) do not wait on anyone to make the first move to help you. As a client, in order to receive the proper care you need, you must be aggressive in advocating for yourself. Unfortunately, to many people in the healthcare field, clients/patients are simply a means to make a living. They do not take you home with them in their minds, they leave you and your issues behind as they walk out of the office doors. You must be willing to fight for yourself as nobody else will do so. You know what you are dealing with, you live in your body 24/7, you know what is normal and what is not. Persue alternate care providers if you can, and if you can't, then stick with RHA 110%, ride their tails and aggrivate the soup out of them until they straighten the mess out. I would also keep a written log of the rescheduling incidents, and any other occurances that are hindering your care. Best wishes to you, and don't give up!
rU4real

Greenville, SC

#10 May 2, 2012
naaaa wrote:
<quoted text>
Normal people don't believe in conditions such as this .
Im normal . Trust me suck it up and go about your life WITHOUT drugs , medication , and doctors .
Diet and Exercise , how much of this do you do EVERYDAY ?
Diet and exercise will fix a lot , you would be surprised .
All these " Conditions " that the DRUG COMPANYS and DOCTORS MAKE UP AND THEN SELL YOU MEDICATION TO MAKE THEMSELFS RICH .
this stuff has only came around the last 20 years or so.
What did everyone do with all these illnessesall throughttime before 20 years ago? Just fcking deal with it and stop lieing to yourself .
Normal? By who's standard do you determine what is normal and what is not? Society's standard? Well society's standard changes every time the wind blows.

I am no proponant of psychotropic medications. They are best avoided if there is any way around it at all. I can't help but find it totally ironic and inappropriate that some of the side effects for these meds are worsening depression, more mood swings, thoughts of suicide and actual suicide. I believe that health care actually finds it totally acceptable and continues prescribing in order to reduce patient load and populations. Many MI are reliant on medicaid/medicare, therefore viewed as a drain on funds. Personally, I believe that it is known that the foods we eat are processed in such a way that they are poisoning our bodies and our minds, even the foods that are deemed "healthy".
If the true intent is for people to actually be healthy, then why is the cost of organics so out the roof, yet bebop down to MickeyD's and buy a couple of artery cloggers off the 99 cent menu?
Ann

Lenoir, NC

#11 May 2, 2012
rU4real wrote:
Ann, if I may offer this advice to you (take it or leave it, that is your choice to do, and I say that respectfully) do not wait on anyone to make the first move to help you. As a client, in order to receive the proper care you need, you must be aggressive in advocating for yourself. Unfortunately, to many people in the healthcare field, clients/patients are simply a means to make a living. They do not take you home with them in their minds, they leave you and your issues behind as they walk out of the office doors. You must be willing to fight for yourself as nobody else will do so. You know what you are dealing with, you live in your body 24/7, you know what is normal and what is not. Persue alternate care providers if you can, and if you can't, then stick with RHA 110%, ride their tails and aggrivate the soup out of them until they straighten the mess out. I would also keep a written log of the rescheduling incidents, and any other occurances that are hindering your care. Best wishes to you, and don't give up!
Thanks for the advise. I did contact their main office and Caldwell County since they are contracted through them. I'm only seeing if others are having the same problems because I met a few on Craigslist that did and think we need to band together and make a change.
Ann

Lenoir, NC

#12 May 2, 2012
rU4real wrote:
<quoted text>
Normal? By who's standard do you determine what is normal and what is not? Society's standard? Well society's standard changes every time the wind blows.
I am no proponant of psychotropic medications. They are best avoided if there is any way around it at all. I can't help but find it totally ironic and inappropriate that some of the side effects for these meds are worsening depression, more mood swings, thoughts of suicide and actual suicide. I believe that health care actually finds it totally acceptable and continues prescribing in order to reduce patient load and populations. Many MI are reliant on medicaid/medicare, therefore viewed as a drain on funds. Personally, I believe that it is known that the foods we eat are processed in such a way that they are poisoning our bodies and our minds, even the foods that are deemed "healthy".
If the true intent is for people to actually be healthy, then why is the cost of organics so out the roof, yet bebop down to MickeyD's and buy a couple of artery cloggers off the 99 cent menu?
I agree some meds do screw you up more. Most of those are the new meds on the market and antidepressants. Bipolar people can't take antidepressants because they make us manic. As for the new drugs I avoid them and ask the doctor for the older drugs. Believe it or not I'm on a seizure medication for my bipolar so there is not as many nasty side effects.

Diet is important too. Chemicals in foods and poor diets can affect your moods, but at the same time cheating on a diet can lift your mood too. It's a balancing act. I'm also diabetic so watching my diet is very important to me.
truth on rha

United States

#13 May 2, 2012
that place went to hell when new river left, the doctor is as crazy as a patient in broughton, she only prescribes old broughton medication's, she talks to the people who have to see her on a sliding scale fee like a dog, she told me i was a state patient and if hald of caldwell county did'nt have mental issues we would'nt be there. she ran our county down and said caldwell was the worst county she had ever had to work with it was over populated with mental illness, i have ptsd and severe anxiety, i dont do well in groups however she said i would attend 3 groups per week or she refuses to see me, then she finds 2 people with same name diff address swore upon the good book i had gotten xanax at another dr and drug store now i have no ins no other dr, how the hell am i going to get scripts anywhere but through her, she cut me from 90 to 23, im having severe heart palpatations, dr at er said she could cause me a severe stroke or heart attack due to being on them for over 8 yrs and the kind of panic disorder i suffer from, she dont care she put me on lithium knowing i have no dr no way to have a level drawn, i haqvent slept in 4 nights im ill with family, cant come out of my room without being rude and just ugly to family, she has set me back further than i have ever been in my life, does anyone know how to report her, also the receptinist, god forbid she cant take a call make an apt and take money all at once she goes into a fit. i could work circles around her and i still got mental problems, and one more thing, these stupid groups , new river had ever single group they are teaching, i have a certificate for completion of ever one of them hell i could teach them without paper! but here i have to sit for an hour in a group i already took. well bcause im on pain meds for a back issue, i now have to take a drug class im so gonna love this, ive never done a street drug in my life so proving to this dr im just someone who has a script for siatic nerve damages is gonna be the highlight of the group, and i have documented every panic attac every out burst ive had since the lithium my dad blew his brains out on lithium, my sister tried to kill her self, im having severe moosd swings, my husband ask for help today for me they said make an apt guess what i can see her in june,,,,, smokey mt mental health is getting one hellacious report on rha and my stuff iss documented, from the dr ,to the receptionist, to the nurse, they went to hell when new river left, ill admit new river had a few problems however if u called and needed them someone got on the phone with u within minutes and they did try to help!!!!
truth on rha

United States

#14 May 2, 2012
Ann wrote:
Anyone else have problems with these assholes?
I'm not ashamed to say I'm bipolar and used to go to New River where I never had a problem seeing a doctor or therapist and if they couldn't see me then I saw the psych nurse.
Since RHA took over it's been one problems after another. These ass wipes keep canceling appointments, changing my pstchiatrist on a whim, who in turn keeps changing my diagnoses and medications. You can't stay stable like this. And if you need to see someone in an emergency, forget it! They will set the appointment a few weeks out and then at the last minute cancel it and schedule yet another.
Oh and the lovely receptionists. They are a collection of the rudest women ever placed on this Earth. They make it very obvious that they don't care. Great staff in a place for the mentally unstable.
please help me with a number to call and report dr myton she talks to her pts like dogs, and the receptionist she cant answer the phone write an apt card and ans a question at same time without flippin out i got mental issues but i could run circles around her job,,, please post me the county number you called rha want give it out. thank you and good luck theres alot of people ready to stand in front of that building in protest over the way they get treated by dr myton and the staff, signs are being made ill post it when i here back from them. that pl went to hell when new river pulled out,
truth on rha

United States

#15 May 3, 2012
Ann wrote:
Anyone else have problems with these assholes?
I'm not ashamed to say I'm bipolar and used to go to New River where I never had a problem seeing a doctor or therapist and if they couldn't see me then I saw the psych nurse.
Since RHA took over it's been one problems after another. These ass wipes keep canceling appointments, changing my pstchiatrist on a whim, who in turn keeps changing my diagnoses and medications. You can't stay stable like this. And if you need to see someone in an emergency, forget it! They will set the appointment a few weeks out and then at the last minute cancel it and schedule yet another.
Oh and the lovely receptionists. They are a collection of the rudest women ever placed on this Earth. They make it very obvious that they don't care. Great staff in a place for the mentally unstable.
amen and the nurse dont know her ass from a hole in the ground all she can say is well make a apt with the dr, well thatmay be 3 months down the road, that pl went to hell, the girl who takes ya blodd pressure she cant even read the bp cup it takes her 3 to 5 times to get it and i wonder if she makes up a number, also where r the therapist if we need themm in group, wow i really wanna be in group and blurt out hey i flipped out on my meds this week duh,,,,,,,,,, im so agervated that im fear im gonna have a break down b4 i find another mental health center, rha came from the part of broughton that never got trained to deal with mental illness, the dr said lenoir has thehighest number of mental pt's ive ever seen well i wonder why? people like her dont make it any better she believes in all these old drugs that went away even from broughton year's ago and law suits have been= won over half of them now no wondert she stays behind that tv to talk to ya, look at how she talks to us as patients,, shes lucky on e of her skitzos aint threw a CHAIR THREW THAT TV AT HER HATEFULL NON CARING ASS
Ann

Lenoir, NC

#16 May 3, 2012
I complained to Caldwell County since they contracted RHA at this address:
http://www.caldwellcountync.org/contact-us/co...

Then I sent an email to the only email address I could find for RHA:
[email protected] .org

I haven't heard anything back but maybe if we all complain something will change.
revolution32

Charlotte, NC

#17 May 4, 2012
Ann and Others,

Things must change and you have done the right thing by complaining. I'm not even going to address the people that don't know mental illness is very real and can be debilitating and sometimes dangerous for the individual and society. Are some people faking and full of crap - of course just like some people fake physical illness to the point of getting SSDI. True mental illness could never be mistaken for anything other than an illness and unchecked mental illness is a sight to see. Ignorance concerning mental illness has been an enemy to folks getting the services they need

I've been a Therapist for 13 years and considered working with RHA but something held me back - actually it was the groups only thing. I prefer individual therapy with my clients and groups as an option instead of a "must do". I've seen these places come and go over the last 13 years during mental health "reform" and of course for the most part it has been a disaster -- it may get worse before it gets better as some get weeded out.

Please know most therapists care about what they do and the clients (God knows we don't get rich - my hairdresser drives a Mercedes and my car is a 98 -- lol) but I can't say the same thing about the places we work.

The key to successful mental health treatment is forming a connection to a therapist that will be there longer than 3 months, having the correct diagnosis, and having medication IF NEEDED. Not all diagnoses need medication but all need reliable intervention.

Please know if it were up to me(and most of my therapist buddies) we would be all about our clients but we are now fighting in systems that are more about bottom dollar and production hours. Turnover is high because staff in these places are treated like shit honestly and the clients suffer. I don't know what the answer is but I know it isn't what "they"(I don't know about RHA but I can imagine) are doing now for staff or clients.

Good luck to you guys and I hope RHA comes together to be be effective for you. Find the one person that cares wherever you go - that is the key. Forgive our screwed up systems but advocate for yourselves until we are in a position to make our voices heard too. We are trying but it has been a decade of fighting ignorance such as some of the posts on here and Raleigh honestly and YES -- decisions made there have ruined this for us all.

Again take care and don't give up hope - I haven't.

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