A visit with a doctor

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Date Joined May 2010
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   Posted 5/27/2010 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Recently I went to see a psychiatrist as f/u to my taking meds which were not effective. Now of course that is no ones
fault but I still wanted to get something out of the appt. I have only met the doctor a few times and wanted to see
how he operated- no I'm not a professional - but from my experience I should get at least something out of it . The point here is he did no assessment ( until the very end when I remembered to mention my family history) and with all the
experience he has did very little as far as give any information until I asked. I know I have to let others talk more so I made it a point to stop and listen and there was very little coming back. I also understand that that there is absolutely no quick
fix so I dont mean this. The worst was the fact he started dozing off at the very beginning - this gave me no confidence
in this at all. Like everything else some professionals are better than others. Any advice or comments on psych visit experiences, choosing one and what I should expect from it?

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   Posted 5/28/2010 6:10 AM (GMT -7)   

I saw a so called Shrink about 15 years ago in the middle of a Fibro Dx...I walked in, filled out about twenty pages of paper work and was escorted to a cubby hole of an office where I had to move a pile of papers off the only chair to sit down.  The 'Doctor' walked in, said nothing, read through my paperwork, walked to a closet and handed me a pile of Paxil samples. (which I never took).  His only words to me were to make another appointment in a month.  I swear, that is all he said and charged me $100.

I also had a psychiatrist actually fall asleep and  drop his head on the desk after I had a complete hysterectomy (ovaries included) at 23 years old and went through instant menopause. (back then, three shots of estrogen was considered a sufficient enough hormone replacement therapy, I guess)  I got up and left him snoring away.  Geez...I must have bored him into a coma.  My father was director of mental health in Buffalo at the time and this guy came with the highest recommendations, so I really have no idea how to find one that suits our needs...trial and error?  Wish I knew!


fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: valium Advil

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   Posted 5/28/2010 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you for your feedback I realize in the mental health area there are good and bad applesl like any other profession.



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