ServicesThomas Peterson, MD practices psychiatry at PO Box 14545, Grand Forks, ND 58208. Psychiatrists are licensed physicians who specialize in the evaluation, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental and emotional disorders.
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I don't feel like I can count on them to work with my family until they find a solution for our situation. They always seem like they're going to give up on me. This appointment was clearly not time and money well spent. I should have gotten a better recommendation from someone. None of our questions were answered, nothing was accomplished. They definitely weren't easy to reach in an emergency. They are also anti-gay, homophobic jerks.
Lackluster care. I didn't even want to give it one star. The mental health techs seemed to care, but they were overworked. They had to take care off too many patients as it was, and when short staffed, were running around like chickens with their heads cut off. I caught some of them crying. The nurses were stuck pushing pills and having no time to talk with staff. We were often alone. I was informed I'd have exercise, something. No. I saw the sun maybe once a week, in a small court yard. There were locks on the windows. They put us in our room when we were bad. They isolated us. There was low stim. Cameras invading our privacy. Any formal complaint was just considered refusal or non compliance. One man ended up with a horrible kidney infection. They were allowing patients that would normally be care planned to have CNAs or a properly staffed nursing team, to be cared for by mental health techs. Patients were helping patients. I could go on...and on. It was terribly dehumanizing. There was no real counseling or therapy. I saw a doctor every day for about 5 minutes. All they did was push meds. One staff informed me how they were planning on building a wing strictly for private pay and TVs, spa treatment, temp control, etc. When I threatened to make a grievance, they threatened to charge me with terrorism. I was unwillingly forced to go. I refused to sign admission papers while extremely drugged but was stranded in a little office room in another state 3 hours from my home after my signature was forged in ER. Fear compelled me to comply. I spent the first 5 days in a drug induced stupor. I was hypnotized against my knowledge and given drugs I didn't know about. Patients were very distressed and there was no one to talk to. The first time a doctor complimented me it was because the package that sat in an office room for 3 days because there was no staff to bring it up to my unit had finally arrived. And after waiting 5 hours for a staff member to be available to search it, I was given my personal care products. And in the boredom of the obviously money-motivated lackluster programming, I put on makeup. He said I was doing better. I say he's a quack who knows nothing about my values or what makes me feel good. Clearly shallow motives, imo. The nurses and staff would complain I was refusing my treatment. But the side effects of the drugs gave me intense drowsiness, dizziness, stomach aches, and head aches. This was treated as non-compliance and refusal. I would get low blood pressure and fall with no help from nurses who were busy trying to pass meds to the adult and child and adolescent side. The clinicians did not work with us. And when I threatened to make a grievance, they told me if I was not quiet then they would charge me with terrorism. I was never given my patient rights and paperwork. It took 2 weeks of requesting to get it. I wanted to see my chart, refused. I was forced to sign releases of information against my conscious knowledge while under the influence of heavy medications. I felt completely worthless and dehumanized. We could not have music. No tv. I was treated like a criminal herded around like a sheep. And when we got anxious due to this lack of any activity, that again was treated as our fault. If I wanted something to work on, my choices were coloring pages and broken crayons, or word searches on pharmaceutical companies. I highly suspect kickbacks going on, considering the mass prescription of the same medications to patients with varying illnesses and diagnosis. Apparenty if you come in after swallowing razorblades, you just have to wait til you pass it naturally despite intense pain, dizziness, and complaints. If you wait 3 days, they'll let you get a cheap xray and tell you that you still gotta wait. It makes me angry. Ha. Look how far we've come. After a dispute where I received multiple death threats, I was isolated to a unit by myself with no staff the majority of the time. And that was supposed to help me get better? If anything it reassures my feelings of complete disgust for greed, lack of compassion, and humanity. I might be a sore on society, but those doctors have a damn god complex. That is all.
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