I fired my doctor

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_Christina
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   Posted 9/13/2007 6:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I fired my psychiatrist in August. Now I am on my own.  He was making mistakes and didn't even seem to be trying to help me get better.
I made an appointment with another phychiatrist, but she can't see me till Sept 18th.  That was a month from when I made the appointment.  I went off of my mood stabelizer when I fired the doc because I had a reaction to it.  I have been working with my family doc to treat the symtoms of the reaction, but she can't work with the mood meds.
I am still on cymbalta, but it doesn't help the cycles.
If you had another chance to make a first impression on a doc, what would you be sure you brought?  What would you bring up?  What would you ask?  I hear this one is good, I want to get it right.
Christina
 
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olivia of course
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   Posted 9/14/2007 1:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Christina,

I have gone through about 7 pdocs in the last 2 1/2 years. Most of them left/transfered to another location, so I've only had 1 pdoc that I quit seeing on my own. After quiting my pdoc mostly due to medication disagreements, it took ma about 4 months to find another one. Right now I am in between pdocs, and it sucks. At least I have meds that are working. Hopefully you will find a doc who listens to you and understands your situation. It is not an easy thing to find, I have had some docs that seemed like they didn't care at all.

One thing that might help you is to get an overall understanding of the BP meds that are out there, so you can discuss the pros and cons of the meds your pdoc might suggest. Especially since you have had bad reactions to some of them already. It is not good for you to stay on ADs alone, so hopefully the next mood stobilizer works well for you.
Olivia
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serafena
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   Posted 9/14/2007 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Christina -- If you could go back in time, I would have said a mood chart might have been a handy thing to take with you. I might also list all the meds you've been on and the reactions you had. I also write down my questions before I see my doc, because I tend to forget things in the confusion of the moment.

Hope the new doc works for you!!!

serafena
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