I've gone to psychiatrists most of my life and this is by far the worst. The staff are extremely rude, I'm asked to pee in a cup when there is absolutely no reason for me to do so (and no other psychiatrist has ever asked this off me). I was also given no explanation of why I should urinate for them (they just expected me to do it).\r
I've had to wait between 2 and 5 hours at a time to see someone. I was seeing the nurse practitioner for a while, and when I showed up for my last appointment I was then told (very rudely) that I was seeing Dr. Shafa. My appointment card had his nurse's name on it--I had no idea I was seeing him. Oh, and they didn't tell me this until I was actually being ushered into his office.\r
When I asked the nurse practitioner for symptoms of lithium toxicity, she laughed and wouldn't tell me, as if I would use that knowledge to somehow harm myself. It really isn't hard to google, first of all. Second of all, I wanted to know so that I could keep myself healthy. I also have a degree in psychology, and thought that I could talk to her on a professional level (which I have been able to do with other mental health professionals). Obviously, I was wrong. Oh, and knowing from working in the mental health industry, if a patient asks you that kind of question you are OBLIGATED to answer. You can only make exceptions in extreme cases and I wasn't one of them. \r
When I saw Dr. Shafa he was not overly knowledgeable. He wanted to talk to me about my sleep patterns (which are the best they've ever been) instead of adjusting my medications (which I need). Also in the three months I've been going to his practice he went on two separate vacations, both of which were medical conferences. Instead of spending money on conferences, he should be working to clean his office (which is extremely dirty), hire more (friendlier) staff and at least buy comfortable chairs (seeing as his patients are always made to wait more than 30 minutes). \r
I am looking for a new psychiatrist because honestly, I have never been this poorly treated in my life. Thinking of going to Doctor Shafa's office for treatment? I assure you, your quality of life will not improve.