Friday, September 30, 2011

GW Psychiatric Treatment: Misdiagnosis of Bi-Polar Disorder -- SSA Fraud

In September 1992 I underwent a two-hour psychiatric assessment by Napoleon Cuenco, M.D. at the George Washington University Medical Center (Attending Physician: Daniel Tsao, M.D.).  Dr. Cuenco assigned the diagnosis bi-polar disorder (rule out schizoaffective disorder).  Dr. Cuenco claimed to have observed the mood-congruent psychotic features of racing thoughts, loose associations, flight of ideas, and pressured rapid speech: all symptoms of mania.

In February 1993 my then treating psychiatrist Suzanne M. Pitts, M.D. (deceased) prescribed lithium for bi-polar disorder.  I stopped taking the medication after several weeks.

On April 20, 1993 I filed a claim for disability benefits with the U.S. Social Security Administration.  My claim was based on the assumption that I suffered from bi-polar disorder as diagnosed by GW.

In August 1993 Dr. Pitts recommended that I take the anti-psychotic medication Haldol, days after I filed a complaint against her with the D.C. Medical Board.

On August 26, 1993 I placed a telephone call to my sister, Estelle Jacobson, in which I discussed my treatment at GW.  My sister was incredulous that I had been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and firmly maintained that I never suffered from mania or bi-polar disorder.

The following is a transcript of a portion of that telephone conversation with my sister.

[sister:] Well, either you have faith in your doctor or you don’t.

[Gary Freedman:] I have none. 

[sister:] Oh.

[Gary Freedman:] And it’s not in keeping . . .  Why is it . . .  And it’s not in keeping with their diagnosis. 

[sister:] Of what?

[Gary Freedman:] Bi-polar disorder.

[sister:] Oh no.  Well,  I didn’t . . .  you don’t have bi-polar disorder.

[Gary Freedman:] That’s what I was diagnosed as having: manic depression.

[sister:] But you don’t have mood swings high and low.

[Gary Freedman:] That’s exactly it.  Wouldn’t you say that would call into question her prescribing an anti-psychotic medication?  How am I supposed to have any faith in her?

[sister:] Mm-hm.

[Gary Freedman:] Would you have any faith in a doctor like that?

[sister:] No, I mean you’re definitely not bi-polar. 

[Gary Freedman:] Well, would you have any faith in. . .

[sister:] When are you ever manic?

[Gary Freedman:] Well, let me say something, Stell.

[sister:] Yea.

[Gary Freedman:] If a doctor were to misdiagnose and misprescribe one drug . . .

[sister:] So why would you . . .

[Gary Freedman:] Why would I have any faith  in the second drug?

[sister:] Yea.  I can understand that.

[Gary Freedman:] And you can ask her that question.

[sister:] Hm-hm.

[Gary Freedman:] And tell her that you don’t see any manic depression in me.

[sister:] Yea.

[Gary Freedman:] As far as you can see.

[sister:] No, I don’t see any mania.

[Gary Freedman:] I think she’s nuts!

Thus, my claim for Social Security disability benefits was based on the misdiagnosis of a psychotic mental illness by the George Washington University Medical Center as well as the false sworn statements of my former employer, the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, that I had been determined to be mentally ill and not suitable for employment effective October 29, 1991.


Gary Freedman said...

GW's psychological testing failed to yield any diagnosis or disclose any psychotic thought processes.

Gary Freedman said...

I love my free money!!