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Re: psychopharm consultation -Mclean Elizabeth

Posted by Chloe on December 17, 2001, at 20:20:28

In reply to Re: psychopharm consultation - NYC or NC SLS, posted by Elizabeth on December 16, 2001, at 13:39:51


Could you tell me if you know anything about a pdoc Srini Pillay at Mclean. He was one of three pdocs I was refered to at Mclean. The other two were Brad Reich and Micheal Murphy. The last two have not returned my calls. This Pillay is giving me an appointment on Wed.

But I feel strange about the whole thing. He says he can not accept insurance at the moment, he just changed job discriptions or something. He is charging $250 for a 45 min consultation. This is a quarter of a thousands dollars! It doesn't seem right to pay this amount and I will only be able to see him once, because there is no way I could pay out of pocket more than once. And I don't think one consult is going to be enough to get my mood dysregulation, depression and BPD straightened out.

I would be so damned easy to treat if I could take AP's (but I have TD issues) or I could handle mood stabilizers. But I am having terrible skin reactions. So without those two classes of meds, what's a consult going to do anyway?? But I am so desperate to see someone, I am rapid cycling, badly.

Anyway, have you heard of this guy? Does this seem right to you? I know you haven't lived here in a while. But I thought i would ask.
Good luck with your search

> > Actually, I have seen more "nontraditional" and aggressive techniques come from the doctors of PB participants than I have been offered by some of the researchers I have seen.
> You have a point. The researcher I had in mind, mainly, was of course Dr. Bodkin at McLean, with whom I was very impressed. He seems to know about every novel/unconventional treatment for depression, and he keeps up to date. (I also hit it off well with him for whatever reason, and he treated me very respectfully; these days, I'm feeling like even the minimal respect that I would expect from any person is something I can no longer take for granted!) I've generally felt like I was able to connect better to the researchers I've met than to the average clinician. However, these researchers have all been Harvard folks -- I'm finding that the "culture" at different academic medical centers can vary widely. The thing I *don't* like about a lot of non-researcher clinicians is that they're often so conservative, they don't want to try *anything* unconventional. Dr. Bodkin and other Harvard researchers I've met have been compassionate as well as knowledgeable -- they're willing to try whatever it takes to get you better.
> Thanks for your recommendations. I'm leaning more and more towards seeing somebody at Columbia.
> -elizabeth




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