Quite frankly, psychiatric treatment saved my life. After a voluntary hospitalization in my teens in which I admitted I needed help, I knew this would be a lifelong battle if I wanted to stay alive, be healthy, and live a decent life. From that point forward, I was shuffled constantly from office to office and saw my fair share of mental health professionals and psychiatrists. Most were too business-like, didn't listen to what you said, and just wanted to go through the motions and get you on your way. Finally, I found a doctor that would end up being my primary psychiatrist for the better part of fifteen years--until he recently announced he would be retiring. I panicked. Literally.
I began to call around to local facilities in my areas and could not get an appointment to save my life: the few "good" doctors weren't accepting new patients, no exceptions, and the front office staff of other facilities/clinics reinforced why their online reviews were overwhelmingly negative; getting hung up on, staff pretending not to hear you, assistants offering you a ten minute appointment three months out after I refused to just "go away." I had enough and knew these types of facilities would make my conditions worse, not better.
Enter Dr. Freedman. I discovered him online and was intrigued by his approach to psychiatric treatment in the 21st century. He has worked hard to eliminate many of the barriers and frustrations that keep good people from seeking mental health treatment. He is kind, compassionate, reasonable, a great listener, and nonjudgmental--all attributes of a top-notch psychiatrist. From the moment I met him, I felt comfortable and relaxed, and it felt great to be in an environment where my health concerns were all that mattered. He didn't rush me at all, he was curious what medications worked well for me in the past and which did not, and he offered me a great amount of advice on essentially how to cope with stress and daily challenges in a more productive manner. No other doctor has ever taken this route, choosing instead to strictly focus on the medication aspect of our appointment and gloss over some of the underlying causes. Dr. Freedman spoke to me for a good hour about how the brain works when confronted with stress and illness, he gave me a layman's explanation of the psychopharmacology of my medications that I could easily understand--and it helped tremendously. For the first time, I actually understood what I was taking and why. In other words, Dr. Freedman covered all the bases during our visit, and I could not be happier with the ongoing care I am receiving from him and his staff. I am feeling better by the day and working on getting my life back on track professionally and personally.
If you are still reading, don't be afraid to reach out to Dr. Freedman and seek help if you believe it may benefit you. These are challenging times for so many, so please, you do not need to suffer in silence. There is help and hope just a click away!