‘I just want to get rid of the hate’: Student who had bipolar disorder and depression says he’s ‘just not there’
A middle school student in Wisconsin who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder was diagnosed in August with depression and anxiety and was prescribed medication for bipolar disorder, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Friday.
The Journal Sentinel obtained a copy of a petition submitted by Brandon D. Brown to the Wisconsin Department of Health that was signed by more than 600 people.
Brown’s petition is one of the first in the country that calls for a nationwide ban on the use of antidepressants and other prescription drugs in people who have bipolar disorder.
Brown is the founder of a local advocacy group, Bipolar Action, which advocates for changes in the mental health care system and education.
He said he is “not ready to give up.”
Brown said he has bipolar disorder himself, and he has been prescribed several medications, including Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Valium and Ritalin.
He was diagnosed at age 10 and has had bipolar symptoms for the past 15 years.
He was diagnosed after attending a mental health clinic, and the doctor prescribed him Ritalins.
He started taking the medication in 2012, he said, because he was trying to deal with anxiety and depression, which he said he didn’t have when he was younger.
The Wisconsin Department, the state’s public health agency, said in a statement Friday that Brown has a “high risk for developing bipolar disorder.”
The statement said the agency’s mental health workers do not treat mental illness in patients who are taking antidepressants or other medications.
A spokesman for the Wisconsin Health Department told the Journal Sentinel that the department is “reviewing this case and will continue to review the situation to determine the best course of action.”
Brown told the newspaper he is a father and is seeking help for his depression and bipolar disorder from mental health professionals.
He told the paper that he’s “never been a happy person, never had a good day.
I’ve always been in the dark.”