• Carol Francoeur February 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    This is an amazing article. It tells the story as is and is supportive for Michelle. It has been two years from hell for Michelle.

    • admin February 9, 2011 at 4:04 am

      Hi Carol, Thank you for your comment. It's easy to look at the chain of events–not knowing what was underlying it all–and cast aspersions at Michelle. But in reality, the ordeal she has gone through, and the impact it has all had on her family, has been downright horrific and it only magnifies the dangers of misdiagnosis and the adverse effects drugs can have when incorrectly prescribed. It is a very sad and unfortunate story, and hopefully Michelle ahd her loved ones can begin to put their lives back together and move forward.

  • Carol Francoeur February 8, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    This is an amazing article, it tells it how it is. It supports Michelle. It has been two years from hell for Michelle.

  • Amy Johnson February 9, 2011 at 9:09 am

    What an awesome read! A clear presentation of the crisis that Michelle has gone through. Over the last two years one of my worries was that people wouldn't understand how truly tragic this has been, and the author clearly understands the tragedy. Michelle lost her life, thank goodness she has been given the chance to live again!

  • Emma C February 28, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I have a friend who is going through almost the exact same situation. She was given Effexor and then a sleeping pill to help combat the insomnia. This only mad the situation worse. She's considering suing her doctor. I think she has every right. Your doctors are supposed to be the experts. They are supposed to protect you from stuff like this. Right?

    • admin February 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm

      Hi Emma, Absolutely–you should be able to trust your doctors and have faith that they are prescribing the right course of action for improved health. When that is not the case, legal recourse is often the only way many victims not only get some sense of justice, but more often than not, it's the only way to pay huge medical bills. Your friend may well want to consider her legal options, and she can begin to do so by having her situation reviewed by a lawyer who specializes in medical malpractice. She can do that here–simply by filling out the form and submitting it. It's a free service to readers, and there's no obligation. All the best…

  • Tammy J March 6, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    I happened upon this page as I’m going through a similar situation legally due to an undiagnosed bipolar 2 disorder. My situation involves overspending on extravagant wild spending sprees but on someone else’s money. I’ve had no previous criminal history whatsoever. Always very responsible. I was put on Effexor when I went to my doctor for depression and after 2 weeks of being on the drug I attempted suicide. It was only after that I was diagnosed with bipolar 2. I really feel for Michelle’s story because your judgement really goes out the window. Not only did I take money from my employer to feed my spending sprees, I was having affairs with married men, drinking and driving. None of these things I would NEVER do in my right mind. Now I’m on medication and seeing a psychiatrist regularly which is helping. Going through this legally and also in the press is very stressful. People don’t understand unfortunately. They judge very harshly. Thank you for posting this story and I certainly hope Michelle has a sense of normalcy to her life again. I wish I had her to speak to. Like her I live in a small community which makes it that more difficult.

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