Help me find a psychiatrist in Atlanta
January 11, 2017 7:09 AM   Subscribe

I need a doctor in or near Atlanta to help me manage my panic disorder, but I have no idea how to find a good one.

When I moved to Atlanta a couple years ago, I really, really liked my doctor in another city and decided to keep seeing him instead of finding somebody closer to home. Back then, my schedule was flexible enough that occasionally making a drive for an appointment wasn't a burden. But my work situation changed abruptly, I've been incredibly busy, and it's now a lot harder for me to make time to see somebody so far away. As a consequence my anxiety/panic is essentially no longer being treated. This is terrible. I really should find a new doctor as soon as possible.

But I have no clue how I'm supposed to pick one! There's no shortage of psychiatrists in this city, but I don't have a way to filter through the Google results and find one that's right for me.

Can anybody who has personal experience with a great doctor in Atlanta recommend one to me? Any location in the Atlanta metro area would be fine.
posted by a mirror and an encyclopedia to Health & Fitness (2 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
If you are insured, call your insurance company and ask for a list of in-network options. Unfortunately just because there are a lot of MDs in an area, it doesn't mean you can get in quickly. Usually psych appts take 6-8 weeks. So, get a provider list and then do some googling. It is oftentimes a crap shoot but some folks have online profiles or reviews. Reviews should be taken with a grain of salt. Another route: if you see a therapist, they might be able to recommend someone because they know their community resources better than an insurance company might. Your primary care doc may also have recommendations.

Between a list of approved providers and hopefully some local advice, you should at least be able to get your options narrowed down. Good luck.
posted by ShadePlant at 7:36 AM on January 11, 2017

Dr. RB seems really great - a coworker of mine goes to him, and that is where I take my niece. Here is his website. He does have later appointments, but does not accept insurance - I think he will help you with the forms if you want to file it yourself for reimbursement. Feel free to memail me if you have any specific questions about him.
posted by needlegrrl at 7:45 AM on January 11, 2017

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