Visited For Depression TreatmentAnxiety Disorders TreatmentPanic Disorder Treatment
I do not recommend the doctor
Having read good reviews, I visited Dr. Ravi on 7th September 2017 and have been under treatment since then for depressive disorder and anxiety disorder.
From Day 1, I found him way different from other conventional psychiatrists who only give more emphasis on medication. But, Dr. Ravi seemed to have a different approach who believes medication can only be one'support system and can't be the only mode of treatment. According to him, for an effective/ holistic treatment, one must undergo psychotherapy along with medication. The way he simplifies down the problems and explains them to his patients is really commendable. According to him, a doctor can only be a guide i.e. show the right path but the patient has to take the onus and use his/her will power to put an honest effort to follow doctors instructions religiously. He believes one must also have perseverance, work hard and try to develop the skills by himself/ herself and not solely depend on the doctor to march towards recovery. Another great quality of Dr Ravi is his availability. He is available/reachable through calls or even messages most times of the day unless he is very occupied. He makes sure that he is there to help his patients whenever they need his help genuinely. Also* ** *** ***** ****** in conducting psychotherapy/ CBT. His hanouts / materials reagarding various topics of CBT are really helpful.
But, having said all these, I would like to say that at the same time I had some uncomfortable experiences too which again might not stand true in case of other patients. Firstly, on few occasions, I found him a bit rude which unfortunately did not have apositive impact on me.
Secondly, one fine day he happen to make a statement "I am the best and patients from 17 countries consult me " which kind of surprised me and I felt he is little overconfident. * ******* ** *** ** *** ** *** **** ******* ** *** ***** *** * **** **** ********* *** ************ Afteral, one need it be vocal about his potential, his/ her work would j
do the job. Thirdly, I strongly feel at times doctors should prioritize patients' best interests / immediate effect such that non pursuance of certain things leads to further distress. I believe I was unfortunate in that respect which eventually aggravated my misery. Fourthly, I believe each patient has a different personality. The ones who are highly sensitive should be handled with caution by him. I am sorry to say that Dr. Ravi needs to be more pleasant and friendly with his patients and ensure they feel comfortable.
So, overalI I would say that I have had a mixed experience so far receiving treatment from him. And lastly, I sincerely apologize for having stated some negative aspects in my feedback but I wanted to be honest about my experience.
Dr. Ravi Prakash replied
No need to apologize. It is your right to give feedback and review. I guess we are not meant to confront each other. Because like your feedback, I am and I will be honest in my therapy. For me, the most important aspect of therapy is exposing the patient to the reality. Yes the truth will be harsh but one cannot really escape the reality can he? As far as rude behavior is concerned, sometimes it is required to be straight forward especially in a country like India where people take psychiatry and clinical psychology for granted. I have no shame in saying that I will drop your case if you don't follow the procedures that are being given. Because if I allow you to just follow this casual attitude then you will be just coming again and again without any progress, which according to me is the most unethical thing to do in a clinical field, both from patient side and doctor side. So its simple if you are not willing to do the tasks given, please do not consult me. I hope you remember how many times you have not done the tasks given and how many times you have missed the follow ups. When you went to kolkata, I explicitly told you to visit some psychiatrist nearby which you never did. If it would have been some other case, I would have dropped him by the third visit. Because I felt you need help that is why I continued with you. But it was also my duty to ensure that you do the tasks regularly. I am friendly with patients. But only with the ones who are sincere with the tasks. For others, I will not be friendly because it gives the false sense that I am ok with their non-compliance. And I explained it to you in the first visit only so if you were not comfortable, you should have discontinued after first few visits. I don't see the point of coming to me for 6 months at a stretch. So to summarize, in your case, I did what I had to do and I will do the same if you come again. But don't worry, there are many other therapists in Bangalore who will do exactly what you want. Hope you get a good enough therapist the next time. All the best.