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Old 09-14-19, 09:17 AM
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I found this out last week and have been wanting to post about it but had to think.
I have been with this doc for 20 years. She has seen my whole family but she primarily is my doctor. This is not about transference, or inappropriate closeness with her she is just a really good doctor. She scraped me off the pavement and put my back together. She has been with me through 2 more kids, deaths, hospitalizations. When her office stopped taking insurance she still took mine.

I would guess she is about 73 or so. When I started with her she was in her 50's. She has a hard time walking now and I always wondered how long she would practice. Her receptionist called me last week to tell me in person. She said letters are going out to all her patients with referrals.

She is doing it ethically. She is seeing patients through the end of the month and the office will stay open until Nov 30 in order to accomodate for refills and finding new doctors.

I am so scared. I am scared I will not be able to find a new one. I am scared I will find a new one and the new one will change everything I take. I have been stable for 15 years or so now. I sobbed when I found out.

The receptionist put me in to see her. She is seeing the rest of the family on a saturday this month.
I am going to ask her to draft a letter explaining my treatment and medications and that nothing should be changed. That I have been stable and a good patient. Does that sound like a good idea?

Who has gone through this and has it worked out? I will also be asking for my medical records. I know that no matter what I will find a new doc. If her referrals do not work out, the family therapist told me she has a few that would be able to get me in. But what if a new doc doesnt take my insurance? This doc has sometimes only charged me two copays even though she had seen four of us in one day.

My medications are tricky and very specific and could be considered complicated due to how they have to be written and filled in order to have my insurance cover them.

I take some medication doses that are either on the higher end mg wise or atypical. I really am upset about this so all thoughts, advice and support is welcome.
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Re: my psychiatrist is retiring and I'm devastated.

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I found this out last week and have been wanting to post about it but had to think.
I have been with this doc for 20 years. She has seen my whole family but she primarily is my doctor. This is not about transference, or inappropriate closeness with her she is just a really good doctor. She scraped me off the pavement and put my back together. She has been with me through 2 more kids, deaths, hospitalizations. When her office stopped taking insurance she still took mine.

I would guess she is about 73 or so. When I started with her she was in her 50's. She has a hard time walking now and I always wondered how long she would practice. Her receptionist called me last week to tell me in person. She said letters are going out to all her patients with referrals.

She is doing it ethically. She is seeing patients through the end of the month and the office will stay open until Nov 30 in order to accomodate for refills and finding new doctors.

I am so scared. I am scared I will not be able to find a new one. I am scared I will find a new one and the new one will change everything I take. I have been stable for 15 years or so now. I sobbed when I found out.

The receptionist put me in to see her. She is seeing the rest of the family on a saturday this month.
I am going to ask her to draft a letter explaining my treatment and medications and that nothing should be changed. That I have been stable and a good patient. Does that sound like a good idea?

Who has gone through this and has it worked out? I will also be asking for my medical records. I know that no matter what I will find a new doc. If her referrals do not work out, the family therapist told me she has a few that would be able to get me in. But what if a new doc doesnt take my insurance? This doc has sometimes only charged me two copays even though she had seen four of us in one day.

My medications are tricky and very specific and could be considered complicated due to how they have to be written and filled in order to have my insurance cover them.

I take some medication doses that are either on the higher end mg wise or atypical. I really am upset about this so all thoughts, advice and support is welcome.
That sounds like a good idea, sarah, I hope it all works out for you
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Re: my psychiatrist is retiring and I'm devastated.

Can't remember if I'd already responded to your post but I think the letter is a good idea. I would be surprised if since you are stable, a doctor would want to switch up your meds. If thry do, I'd just try another one.

I don't think the Dr would refer you to new Dr's that our outside your insurance so that is probably fine too. And since she's a good dr. Hopefully her picks are good too.

I can understand your concern though, it can be hard to find good ones but it certainly helps that you have a good Dr and therapist referring you to people they think are good too.

As for who has gone through this, I havent. No meds ever worked for me all that well so I've never wanted to stick to anything. You're lucky you found a combo that works.

Hope you like your new Dr too.
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Re: my psychiatrist is retiring and I'm devastated.

by try another one, I meant switch to another dr. if one refuses to continue your meds as is. Not try other meds, I'd never switch if something worked for me. Very hard to find something that works.
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Re: my psychiatrist is retiring and I'm devastated.

I'm looking for a great psychologist/ psychiatrist also...
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Re: my psychiatrist is retiring and I'm devastated.

I think asking your doctor to write a letter is a good idea and hopefully your doctor wouldn't refer you to someone she didn't consider to also be a good psychiatrist.

I haven't been with the person who is treating me now for my ADHD for more than a few years (he's my primary care physician), but I also worry sometimes about eventually having to find someone new. I really like him and for some reason, he has educated himself about ADHD in adults and seems very knowledgeable about it (which I don't think is common with most primary care doctors and not even with a lot of psychiatrists). I've also developed a good rapport with him, but it took about a year or more before I got to where I really trusted him and his medical judgement and felt I could talk to him openly and honestly about almost anything that has to do with both my physical and mental health.

By contrast, I didn't like the psychiatrist I saw about seven years ago after I was first diagnosed with ADHD or another one I talked to last year. I also had someone (a psychiatric Nurse Practitioner) tell me a few years ago that I'm too old to take stimulants because of possible heart problems even though he didn't know anything about my health or that I don't have any history of heart problems. I'd hate to end up with someone like him sometime down the line treating me for my ADHD.

So, I understand the anxiety that this change must be causing you.
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Re: my psychiatrist is retiring and I'm devastated.

I've changed psychiatrists several times ... and each time they continued with whatever previous meds I was on previously. Almost seemed like a policy or practice guideline: don't immediately change the patients' meds. Get to know the patient first.

Maybe I've been lucky, but I haven't any problem with new providers. Let me see ... I had to move the first time because the practice my psychiatrist was in ... didn't want to prescribe ADHD meds anymore.

So I moved to a young guy, ADHD specialist ... He was outside insurance, but worth it. Very sharp, very open-minded. Then he got job across the country.

So I moved to a guy who did video sessions from California. Got tired of weekend sessions (though video sessions were amazingly normal!).

Third move and where I am now ... I go to a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I really like her ... she's not as pressed for time as the previous folks were. And she followed the same regimen I was on when I came to her ... since then I've changed meds a couple of times, at my initiative.

Sounds like a wonderful relationship Sarah. Good luck in finding a new person. Don't be afraid to set up visits with multiple people. The problem in my area is that the vast majority of psychiatrists don't want to take insurance .... they are out of network. But my nurse practitioner is in network, and she seems as sharp as any of my psychiatrists and somehow gets me to talk about myself more than the others did.
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Re: my psychiatrist is retiring and I'm devastated.

I had a gp like that from 01 after my mom passed away,she initially treated me for depression from it etc..well bout two years ago I guess she got the big c and it was a fast moving cancer n now she's gone.. she was the best because if you were sick she'd see you the same day even if it was before she closed..now since the hospital took over her practice or bought it up it's aweful.
last year I was so sick w bronchitis and they were like we can see you in 3 days.Im like in 3 days! I could be dead by then,I ended up going to a local medi merge instead..
I understand bout the meds tho I've been on celexa since 02 and have been stabilized for most part .I worry tho because my depression has been coming back bad and I'm scared because it's like I can't go thru this med trial again..god forbid the meds stop working
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Re: my psychiatrist is retiring and I'm devastated.

I had a nurse practitioner too but she retired,the psyche in the place she was at was great but left to treat addicts w opiate addictions as she said It was so bad and felt she had to help them as she was an addiction meds specialist..then I got dropped from place and to get back in it's a 3 month wait etc..I can't be w out meds 3 months let alone 3 days. soooo back to gp
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