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Author Topic: Finding a good psychiatrists  (Read 5065 times)

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Offline mike2002

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Finding a good psychiatrists
« on: July 17, 2007, 09:36:28 PM »
Anyone have suggestions on finding a Psychiatrist that specializes in HIV?
05/11/06 Initial Diagnosis
05/21/07 CD4 424 / 24,627 Viral Load
06/01/07 Started meds (Kaletra / Atripla)
06/28/07 CD4 542 / 424 Viral Load
08/01/07 CD4 542 / >50

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Finding a good psychiatrists
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2007, 10:46:56 AM »
Mike, what is it you want addressed? And do you specifically need/want a psychiatrist? Being an MD, a psychiatrist can prescribe medications.

Are you looking for that or are you looking for someone to talk with which is different and which offers more choices for you.

Say some more if you will about your situation and I think people can respond more specifically to your situation. Also, where are you located.

In general I would say getting a referral from either someone you know personally or from a professional whom you respect is a good way to go.

Cheers,
Andy Velez

Offline pozattitude

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Re: Finding a good psychiatrists
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2007, 03:01:53 PM »
Hi Mike

I was looking for a good psychiatrist but none of the ones I was recommend accept my insurance....
I usually look at the GLMA (Gay and Lesbian Medical Association) website for references.
I made an appointment with a shrink at the Stamford Medical Center in Palo Alto and when I told the guy I was poz he basically told me he couldn't help me (not with those words of course, as I would have a law suit that would keep me on permanent vacation).  He just kept asking me "are you comfortable with, I really don't have any experience with HIV+ people. 
He wouldn't even prescribe me my Aderrall which I've been taking since 2002.

Rich
(who only goes to gay and lesbian doctors)
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Offline mike2002

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Re: Finding a good psychiatrists
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2007, 07:24:21 PM »
Thank you Andy / Rich.

I will try the GLMA web site to see if I could find a good one in CT.  I am really looking for a doctor that can prescribe anti anxiety medication that will not interfere with my current meds.

Most of the time I don't need anything but lately I need something to help deal with anxiety when I become stressed.

Mike
05/11/06 Initial Diagnosis
05/21/07 CD4 424 / 24,627 Viral Load
06/01/07 Started meds (Kaletra / Atripla)
06/28/07 CD4 542 / 424 Viral Load
08/01/07 CD4 542 / >50

Offline mike2002

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Re: Finding a good psychiatrists
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2007, 07:29:26 PM »
Strike one.  No listings on GLMA's website.  Any other sites anyone can recommend?
05/11/06 Initial Diagnosis
05/21/07 CD4 424 / 24,627 Viral Load
06/01/07 Started meds (Kaletra / Atripla)
06/28/07 CD4 542 / 424 Viral Load
08/01/07 CD4 542 / >50

Offline bear60

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Re: Finding a good psychiatrists
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2007, 11:25:49 AM »
Have you talked to your ID doctor/s about a referral?
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Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Finding a good psychiatrists
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2007, 01:02:25 PM »
Call Callen Lordre in NYC for a referral? 212 271 7200

or

GMHC Counseling 212 337 1519 for referral source.

Let us know how you make out.

Cheers,
Andy Velez

Offline bobino

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Re: Finding a good psychiatrists
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2007, 09:57:26 PM »

Hi Mike,

My shrink specializes in men dealing with HIV and its emotional issues.  He's a graduate of Columbia in NYC, so he might know someone in your area.  If you're interested, PM me.

John
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Offline Iggy

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Re: Finding a good psychiatrists
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2007, 02:54:29 PM »
I don't know your area so I am gonna second that you start with Callen Lorde as your primary Doctor for referrals.

Let us know if you find one or need more assistance.


 


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