Plaintiff wants psychiatrist to prescribe medicine to stop self mutilation

Kelly Holleran Apr. 21, 2010, 7:00am

A man claims he has cut numerous parts of his body, including his testicles, because his former psychiatrist refused to prescribe him the correct medication.

Anthony Gay filed a lawsuit April 12 in Madison County Circuit Court against Claudia Kachigian.

Gay claims he self mutilates himself because of anxiety problems. The only medication that prevents Gay from cutting himself is Busper, according to the complaint. Gay claims he explained the scenario to his psychiatrist, Kachigian.

However, Kachigian allegedly refused to prescribe the medication to Gay because it's a nonformulary medication, according to the complaint. Instead, she prescribed him Prozac on April 26, 2009, the suit states.

Gay wants to go back on Busper, though, as he says Prozac sexually frustrates him and causes his stomach to hurt. In addition, during the 11 months that Gay took Prozac, he cut his testicles, arms, thighs and neck, all of which required sutures, the complaint says.

Finally, on March 8, Kachigian discontinued Gay's Prozac and on March 29, she discontinued his psychiatric services, which has caused Gay additional emotional distress, he claims.

Gay, who will be representing himself, wants the court to order an independent psychiatrist to examine his needs. He seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-416.

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