Doctors prescribed injectable antipsychotic drugs for Boland
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Federal court documents reveal more about Alice Boland's struggles with mental health as she moved in and out of hospitals and courtrooms.
Boland was charged this week with pointing a gun at Ashley Hall School administrators and pulling the trigger repeatedly. The gun was functional and loaded, according to Charleston police.
A July 2005 judicial notice shows that Boland, following an incident where she threatened the life of former President George W. Bush, was likely to be prescribed Risperdal Consta, an injectable antipsychotic medication.
Court documents show the antipsychotic was being billed at $2,400 per month before the prescription was stopped because it did not effectively treat the woman.
In a statement to the court, Donald Boland, the 28-year-old woman's father, said the antipsychotic caused his daughter problems, including outbursts of yelling and violence. Instead, he said Trileptal, a mood-stabilizer that is often used for epileptics.
He said that Trileptal had worked as recently as 2004 to treat Asperger's Syndrome and autism in Alice Boland.
Donald Boland's statement to the court said she had been placed in the care of the Medical University of South Carolina in 2003 for three weeks. In that time, he told the court, that doctors had prescribed Alice Boland 25 different drugs which led to overmedicating her.
He said the group of approximately 10 doctors moved away from diagnosing her as a schizophrenic.
"Alice was cured in the past and returned to her colleges between hospitalizations, when she was drugged by 'jealous psychiatrists having a stake in her schizophrenia diagnosis," Donald Boland told the court.
Donald Boland recommended outsourcing psychiatric help to overseas countries, citing an article in Web Indian that claims Westerners suffer more from mental illness.
"People in the West suffer more from mental illness than those in poorer countries, with chances of recovery being higher in places like India than in New York or London, says an Austrialian study," the article reads.
The study and the article said the reason why was still a mystery, however.