Visited For Depression Treatment
I do not recommend the doctor
I hoped for better Doctor friendliness, Explanation of the health issue, Treatment satisfaction
The first time I visited Dr. Prachi, she heard me for about 20 minutes and prescribed two medicines and asked me to come see her in a week. I did as I was told, I went back and told her I wasn't feeling entirely better but it was improving. She added another medicine, increased the dosage for one and sent me off, this "session" lasted about 15 minutes. This seemed odd since it wasn't a therapy session at all, it seemed like a follow up session with a GP. I tried to keep my inhibitions aside and give it another chance thinking that maybe she had a different approach to these things.
I went to her a week later (like she asked me to) and we started talking. I did not find the advice she gave me helpful since it almost seemed like she was saying "it's all in your head, get over it". That would've been fine had she helped me figure out a way to "get over it" but she didn't. The final nail in the coffin was when it started to seem like she was constantly trying to wrap the session up and I saw her slyly glance at her watch.
I have been to several psychologists and psychiatrists in the past 1-2years, I have never felt this way with any of them.
The doctor was either disinterested or just did not know what to do. She did not provide me with any constructive feedback. If I needed someone to tell me what problems I have, I would've asked a couple of my friends to counsel me. What I needed was someone who could help me work through them and not just make statements. I understand therapy takes time but I really don't think I'm comfortable with this doctor at all.
Conclusion: She gave me problems but no solutions to those problems. I will not be visiting this doctor again.
Dr. Prachi Shah replied
Thank you for your feedback. I find it unfortunate that my treatment did not work for you. I would like to clear out a few things. Never in my entire practice have I ever told a patient, 'it's in your head, get over it'. It's not only disrespectful to the patient seeking help, but to the profession of psychiatry as well. So it is possible that you may have misunderstood what you I was trying to communicate. Also, a psychiatric session and a therapy session are two very different things. A therapy session focuses on counselling and psychotherapy and a psychiatric session mostly focuses on managing the illness medically. So yes, it can feel like you've visited a physician. Because psychiatrists are physicians and not primarily psychotherapists. Having said that, all the best for your future. Hope you get better soon.