Dr G quickly forgot about the encounter until about 2 weeks later when he received a very disturbing call from Mr M’s distraught mother. The mother reported that the day before Mr M was supposed to leave for his trip, he had some sort of psychotic break while at his apartment with his girlfriend.

“The police say he was holding his girlfriend hostage in the apartment and was terrorizing her,” the distressed mother reported. “They arrested him, and they currently have him at the psychiatric ward of the hospital because they don’t know what’s wrong with him. Please can you help?”

The physician called the hospital and identified himself and spoke to the treating psychiatrist, who confirmed that Mr M was suffering from delusions, threatening people, and was confused. As they discussed what could possibly have caused this issue, Dr G suddenly remembered the antimalarials he had prescribed. With a bad feeling in the pit of his stomach, Dr G mentioned this to the psychiatrist.

“Did your patient have any history of depression or mood disorders?” asked the psychiatrist.


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“Actually, yes, he did,” replied the physician. “It was a few years ago now, but yes he was treated for depression.”

“Okay,” said the psychiatrist. “That is probably the issue.”

Feeling guilty, Dr G told the patient’s mother that the mental issue had likely been caused by an adverse reaction to a medication. “I’m hopeful that Mr M will recover without any lasting damage,” said the physician.

Mr M did eventually recover, but he suffered from severe posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of his arrest and commitment to the psychiatric ward.

Dr G was not surprised when Mr M and his parents switched to another physician. But he was surprised when he was served with papers telling him that he was being sued by Mr M.

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