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Re: pdocs in cola, SC

Posted by JohnL on December 11, 1999, at 3:32:49

In reply to pdocs in cola, SC, posted by MGlenn on December 10, 1999, at 16:44:22

> I'm looking for a good pdoc in Cola., SC. Good meaning
> someone who is open to drug treatment and who allows
> patients some degree of control in their treatment.
> Can anyone help?

Try spending some time at the website Depression Central, by Dr Ivan Goldberg. There is a ton of information there, including: List of the best psychiatric hospitals in the country, list of the best psychiatrists in the country (includes names, addresses, phones), specific questions to ask prospective pdocs when screening for expertise, on and on. It may spark some creative ideas of your own. I know there are several choices in NC, but don't know about SC.

Universities are good places to hunt. Finding the right pdoc is a real chore I think, a lot like doing detective work. Interestingly, the best doc I ever talked to was a regular GP in a rundown downtown clinic catering mostly to the poor and the street people. I felt way out of place with a credit card in my wallet, but boy was he a good doctor. He knew all the side effects and intricate characteristics of every drug, asked me all the right questions, knew every combination and augmentation, all the tricks of the trade, and favorite strategies that were working very well with the difficult cases he sees at the street level. So you just never know where your ideal doctor is. Sometimes the professional university types are too academic,beauracratic and overbooked to relate to you, but on the other hand they might be on the cutting edge. I think there's no easy way to find a doc except to bang on a lot of doors, make a lot of phone calls, ask a lot of questions, and play the role of detective for a while.

In addition to the questions at Depression Central you can use to screen pdocs, here's one of my own..."Who would you refer your most difficult cases to?" I've actually had pdocs I was interested in actually refer me to someone else who they thought had more expertise in cases like mine. It's a very creative and exhausting process to find the right doc, in my experience. Now that I've found my ultimate pdoc, he's retiring! Son of a bitch. Gotta start all over. So, you aren't alone in your quest.




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