It’s sad how often doctors make mistakes. Also that there are doctors who should probably not be practicing medicine.
Our family member’s current treatment team has a less is more policy with medications. They try to keep people on minimum effective dosages with only the needed prescription(s). They also require a primary care provider ROI so that ideally there won’t be a medical problem and if there is, they can work with the physician.
There is a large overlap of heart problems (congenital, genetic, and acquired) with schizophrenia. This means we all need to find doctors and ways to get our family members to the doctor when/ if possible.
I consider that the psych medications have a risk/benefit profile that benefits my family member overall. Yes, there are side effects that are not healthy. Also, my family member has attempted suicide and with medication is not constantly psychotic and does not self harm.
Our family members need the most effective medical treatments with the least side effects.
When something goes wrong in medical treatment, a doctor may be liable if they have made a preventable mistake. Overall, medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/05/03/476636183/death-certificates-undercount-toll-of-medical-errors. This includes all medical fields. Anyone who requires medical care is taking a risk, not just those who require psychiatric care.
Just like there are terrible surgeons, there are great ones who save many lives. Just like there are incompetent psychiatrists, there are incredible psychiatrists. And in between are all the regular human beings who become doctors and make errors, but theirs may have far worse consequences.
For a long time I was frightened of the medications, but uncontrolled psychosis is terrifying and can be fatal.
To lose a child is the worst loss. I know this firsthand. My spouse blamed the first responders. And I understood this need to find a cause for the tragedy. I never argued because I also wished our child had lived, but I know that accidents happen. People are not always highly trained or they get tired or distracted by their own losses. Mistakes are made. Life is fragile and beautiful and beyond understanding.
Stan, you are trying to help us protect our children who are still alive. Thank you for reaching out to us in this way after your devastating loss. We need to know as much as we can.