How do I find a psychiatrist?
February 8, 2013 10:50 AM Subscribe
I have had a lot of trouble finding a psychiatrist to help with ADD issues. I am in Northern NJ, USA and have insurance but it has been surprisingly hard to find a competent person to consult.
posted by JayNolan to health & fitness (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have lifetime cognitive issues but have not had much luck in getting help as an adult. Through a university clinic a few years ago I found a person that helped quite a bit and I had a lot of trust in but after she left I have not been able to find someone I trust. Last year, I picked someone off the insurance company list (Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield) who I found to be dangerously incompetent. She gave me a drug that I had a terrible reaction to and then during subsequent visits she kept suggesting I try that same drug and in general I felt more like I was ordering drugs than getting advice.
Recently I went to my family doctor who I trust, he suggested a person but their office said they would not get reimbursed by insurance even though they were on my network list from the insurance company. Without insurance a visit is $475 which is not an option unless I can be cured in one visit. I went back with my insurance list to my doctor and he marked two more people who both ended up not accepting more patients even though they were on the list.
I have not been able to find much on the internet as far as reviews or anything and the information from the insurance company is surprisingly incomplete and wrong, with the addresses and contact information being the main line for their affiliated hospitals or saying they are in network when they are not. There are other doctors on the list to call but without a recommendation or even reviews or some additional information it gives me a lot of anxiety picking a doctor at random again.