View Full Version : Any psychiatrists in Northren California?!?

01-24-08, 08:39 PM
Rage and frustration at trying to find a doctor.<o></o>
Just have to vent somewhere – and have nowhere to vent.<o></o>
Can’t find a psychiatrist to prescribe medication for ADHD – have a big list of psychologists from hubby’s insurance company, but can’t find anyone to test me or prescribe medication. Why can’t anyone understand that? I’ve called a bunch of psychologists saying, “please, can you help me get tested?” but nobody – NONE OF THEM – have called back. On a lark, I called two psychiatrists – two big local names in the field, both not covered by my insurance, but who can do the testing for like 500-800 bucks – and sure enough, both of THEM call back.<o></o>
I have no idea what to do… just bite the bullet and pay the money and get tested to see if I can get medication? I know I need something… and the list of psychologists who can test (but conveniently enough not prescribe medication) aren’t calling me back. I don’t understand – aren’t these people supposed to help someone? I'm not going in for a nose job here - I NEED HELP. I haven’t even bothered asking my general doctor, since he couldn’t find me a psychiatrist to help for depression – yet strangely will write me drugs for it. Gah, these people.

The sad part is I’m near a supposedly big city, <st1:city w:st="on"><st1>San Francisco</st1></st1:city> – you’d think I’d be able to find someone. I went to an ADHD support group and sure enough, other people are having trouble getting tested and getting prescribed medication. What is the matter here? What, we don’t have a celebrity with ADHD so there’s no visibility, no treatment, no outreach to people who need it?
Does anybody have the name of a psychiatrist here – I’m getting desperate and frustrated. I’m at work and am at wit’s end.<o></o><o></o> Is there a person who will prescribe me medication in the state of California? ANYONE????

01-24-08, 09:54 PM
Any psychiatrists on your husband's plan at all? Blind calling is awful, I know. There's a specialist in Berkeley and someone in Walnut Creek I hear is good (psychiatrists). Don't know exactly where you are in the Bay Area, though. PM me if you want names. It sounds like you've already gone through CHADD, right?

02-01-08, 06:16 PM
I went thru' CHADD and asked around but everything in America revolves around insurance... or paying someone cash.

I've got a long list of doctors, but calling them and then having to call each of them back to get an answer... beyond frustrating. If this was a kid acting up in class ("classic ADD") there would be a school psychologist - but there's nobody when you're an adult, I guess. Just fend for yourself.

05-15-09, 05:54 AM
Dr. Donald Stanford in Berkeley is accepting new patients. I am one. So I can't tell you yet if I like him or not because he prescribed me the most expensive medication so I can't tell if he did that because he wants kickbacks from the pharmaceutical company or if he truly thought that was what would work best for me. He didn't "test" me either. He listened to me talk for 20-30 minutes. But I definately have ADD, I was convinced before and I was ready to do some serious convincing on his part but he was really easy. He's easy to make an appointment with and he's been practicing for 37 years. He went to Yale med school. So he seems like he's good I guess. His number is 510 848 5330.

05-17-09, 02:53 AM
I was able to go through a family physician. They can prescribe the same thing and know what symptoms are. Have you tried a general practitioner? I don't have insurance and get my monthly prescriptions from my doctor, and the visit only costs $75 each time, so that is way better than what you were able to contact. Good luck. I know they are out there.

05-29-09, 12:41 AM
I've accumulated more experience with my psych and I've decided he is not greedy and can be trusted. He accepts a lot of insurance so if someone is looking for a psych in the East Bay he's a good bet.

05-29-09, 01:08 AM
I don't know for certain, but if the psychiatrists are really busy with cash patients, they may not want to slum it with insurance patients that most certainly pay lower amounts.

Based on what is happening in the economy, I would imagine they have no shortage of patients willing to pay their rates.