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How To Check On New Psychiatrist Before Visit

Posted by Lonely on September 24, 2004, at 16:28:52

My husband will be seeing a new psychiatrist on Mon. Sept. 27th. I am the one who picked her out as my husband works in a situation without any privacy. We are in agreement on all that. Before I made the appt. I asked advice from about 3 different doctors and therapists and had literally called 3 or 4 psychiatrists but the ones who were recommended would not take our insurance.

How do I find anything out about her? I mean, REALLY about her? For instance, her personality and way she relates to patients? What other patients think of her and what her colleagues think of her?

Here's the "deal":

(a) I originally called about another psychiatrist in this group but he was not taking new patients.

(b) The staff suggested another psychiatrist but I explained that my husband has brain damage from stroke and has had some bad experiences/reactions to several psych medicines. I was looking for someone who had experience w/stroke patients which is a bit hard to find.

(c) The staff suggested a woman psychiatrist in their group - in fact, I could tell they were talking to her in the background as I asked questions. I decided to try her out on behalf of my hubby.

(d) Here are my impressions:

(1) This woman psychiatrist is in practice with a psychologist I saw a couple years ago. I didn't care all that much for the psychologist but I remember seeing the psychiatrist in the hallway talking to her staff about a patient and thought she was sort've grandmotherly. (good)

(2) However, when my husband told his therapist (LMSW in the same group but a different geographic location) about it, she had a funny smile and said to be sure to tell her what he thought about this psychiatrist!

(3) Something tells me I might have made a mistake! I did a search on the internet but other than finding some ethnic/nationality associations with the name have come up with nothing.

Any insights into this? Thanks!




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