Medical crises, mental illness, and patients' rights | Tien Chiu's Blog
I've been pretty quiet for the last two weeks, mostly due to some serious medical drama - side effects of the lithium I was taking for bipolar disorder. It's mostly resolved now, but I want to explain what happened, why I fired my psychiatrist, and how I'm approaching finding a better doctor. (Bonus: You get my personal "Bill of Rights" as a patient, particularly one with mental illness, who needs medical treatment.) What happened to me I wrote my previous blog post on the 29th, and went to bed feeling fine. In the middle of the night, I woke up feeling somewhat thirsty, so I drank a glass of water and went back to bed. This isn't a huge thing; it happens to me fairly frequently. But this time was different, because the thirst didn't go away. In fact, I spent much of the rest of the night feeling horribly thirsty - I drank over half a gallon of water in four hours, and was still awake, tormented by thirst, the following morning. I wasn't sure if I had simply gotten dehydrated the night