How do I find the best pyschiatrist for schizoaffective in the USA? I want a second

Discussion in 'Therapy and Medication' started by dax, Apr 10, 2015.

  1. dax

    dax Well-Known Member

    It's either die or fight like hell. I need a second opinion, someone willing to take a look at my case. But I need to find the best doc. Does anyone know how I could do that? I have lost all confidence in my pyschiatrist and I dont have faith in the second opinion of her peer/coworker. Any help appreciated. The only clue I have is that someone said Massachussets (spelling?) General Hospital is among the best in the nation. Anyone know what I can do? I have no clue.
     
  2. Petal

    Petal SF dreamer Staff Alumni SF Supporter

    Re: How do I find the best pyschiatrist for schizoaffective in the USA? I want a sec

    Have you tried the search engines for looking up doctors in Mass? Maybe ask on a regional forum for reviews etc... The internet is a powerful tool when looking for something like this. Fight like hell, fight these demons, there is no giving up dax :hug:
     
  3. ChestnutMay

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  4. DrownedFishOnFire

    DrownedFishOnFire Quieta non movere

    Re: How do I find the best pyschiatrist for schizoaffective in the USA? I want a sec

    Are you under insurance? What area?
     
  5. NYJmpMaster

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    Re: How do I find the best pyschiatrist for schizoaffective in the USA? I want a sec

    Unless you plan to move and add that incredible amount of stress to your life then you are better off seeking the best Dr you are able to see on a regular basis and with mental health people that is going to depend in large part on your comfort level and what style practitioner you work best in. The best dr in the country for you may not be the best dr in the country for somebody else. It is also not a one and done visit like a surgery where go, have surgery and then come back home for the B-team to do aftercare, mental health treatment is typically an ongoing and lengthy process. Continuity is better than changing Dr. Talk to your insurance company and get a list of participating providers in your area and then google them and read the reviews as opposed to just the Star ratings and see which sounds best to you (keeping in mind mad people are far more likely to write a review than happy people so all will have some crap reviews).
     
  6. dax

    dax Well-Known Member

    Re: How do I find the best pyschiatrist for schizoaffective in the USA? I want a sec

    I have medi-cal in northern california
     
  7. dax

    dax Well-Known Member

    Re: How do I find the best pyschiatrist for schizoaffective in the USA? I want a sec

    well my provider will not refer outside its system. mayo clinic wants $5,000 to see them out of pocket. .....I'm screwed.
     
  8. Prinnctopher's Belt

    Prinnctopher's Belt Antiquities Friend SF Supporter

    Re: How do I find the best pyschiatrist for schizoaffective in the USA? I want a sec

    Youre not screwed, youre just being picky about your mental health treatment. The needy cant be overly picky, but you can call your insurance provider and locate psychotherapists in your area as a start instead of dwelling on how you cant afford a celebrity psychiatrist.

    And as someone else said, the best doctor for most people might not be the best doctor for -you- and your unique personality and dilemma. Call medical or ask your primary healthcare provider to refer you to one. Shop around and find a local professional and get serious about this. Its an ongoing process and results are gradual. There is an abundance of psychiatrists in this country. You will be able to find one locally that works for -you- and is knowledgeable. Moving is stressful, so is going broke by taking out loans, which worsens your condition. Be reasonable. Good luck!

    As an addendum, I found my therapist by just wandering into a medical professional building in town one day and desperately looking for "a therapist or someone that I can talk to who accepts my insurance".
     
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  9. dax

    dax Well-Known Member

    Re: How do I find the best pyschiatrist for schizoaffective in the USA? I want a sec

    I am not being a snob, I've worked many years with this psychiatrist and the last time I emailed my doctor about two of my symptoms extremely hard to chew/eat and the odd posturing with my left arm.....she said the symptoms aren't worrisome, the meds dont affect my arm. (Hell I nearly choked to death 4 times) And she said I probably have anxiety, which is bullshit. Last time I saw her in person she told me to email her if I had any new symptoms, which I did at her request. I had to go to my regular doctor and get reffered to a neurologist. The neurologist said my symptoms were dystonia caused by the medication and the usual treatment is cogentin or artane. My doctor should of known that instead of dismissing my new symptoms, I was already using cogentin, so I had to tell her that he also recommended artane which I am on now to replace cogentin. Oh and not more than a few days after I emailed her I started having difficulty talking. All I'm trying to do is seek out the best care I can. My medi cal insurance will not cover me outside of the Kaiser network, hence I am screwed unless her colleague is better than my current doctor. I scheduled a second opinion with a different psych doc. So its not like I'm rolled up in a ball crying about not being treated by the best.

    I was hoping to either go to massachusetts general, ranked #1 in the country or mayo clinic ranked #4 in the nation for a second opinion but that is not possible. I have to roll the dice where I am and pray the new doc is better. I also tried some random doctors in my area and cheapest one I found would do it for $500 plus any tests he needed to run. A friend of mine encouraged me to seek out the best including researchers in the field who might be generous enough to weigh in on my symptoms. She has a different affliction, but they finally approved to send her to mayo clinic. She did alot of research and found the leading expert in the field of her illness and he was generous enough to help for free and when he couldnt help her wrote a letter to her provider advising them to at least send her to mayo clinic.
     
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  10. ChestnutMay

    ChestnutMay Antiquities Friend

    Re: How do I find the best pyschiatrist for schizoaffective in the USA? I want a sec

    I can understand why you've lost faith in your psychiatrist if she can't recognize medication side effects when she sees them. I hope her colleague is more knowledgeable. I don't understand though about the Kaiser network - are these the only two psychiatrists they'll cover?
     
  11. dax

    dax Well-Known Member

    Re: How do I find the best pyschiatrist for schizoaffective in the USA? I want a sec

    well Kaiser is an HMO and they rarely approve anything outside their network. There is something encouraging though, according to my research the best person to see is a neurologist specializing in movement disorder for dystonia and tardive dyskinesia. The neurologist who saw me responding back to me and said he would be willing to refer me to one. I'm Praying that somehow the movement specialist is able to help me.
     
  12. dax

    dax Well-Known Member

    Re: How do I find the best pyschiatrist for schizoaffective in the USA? I want a sec

    Saw the movement specialist......wasn't encouraging. His opinion is I have this cause of being exposed to multiple psychotics over the last 8 years. He thinks I should stay on current treatment and add muscle relaxers. The other option is to take clozipine....you only get a one week supply and each week you need a blood test to make sure you are making white blood cells. I am so screwed its not even funny. I could really use some help on what to do. :(