I'm currently seeing a psychiatrist who is sort of the God of psychiatry in my city. He owns a psychiatric hospital and still sees patients. Because of this, he has two nurse practitioners who work with him. Maybe every 4-6 months patients see him, the rest of the time it's one of the NPs.
The NPs both have completely different ideas of how to treat me. I had a weeklong psychotic episode - one refused to adjust my medicine in any way and told me to listen to music all the time to drown out the voices I was hearing. The other one is known for over medicating patients. A few months ago I had minorly self harmed, she wanted to put me on Thorazine to make me stop. I am bounced back and forth between seeing the two of them and it drives me nuts.

If you were in my situation, would you find a new provider?
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  • @Alianna... If it were me, I would definitely seek out another provider. While the psychiatrist may be the "God of Psychiatry" in your city, what difference does it make if you don't get to see him very often? I'm sure the nurse practitioners mean well, and they're probably doing what they think is right and best for you. But it seems to me like being treated by three different people would be kind of difficult for any patient. I think you need someone who is going to have more one-on-one contact with you. That's my $0.02.
  • I've definitely decided to see someone else who is actually available to see me themself.
  • Most definitely yes. It would not make sense to hold on to a specialist who isn't available whenever you need help. You need someone who can stick with you until you're better. That's the reason why you seek medical assistance in the first place.
  • I agree with DeanD.  I made the huge mistake of sticking around a neurosurgeon who said a different thing every time i saw him every 4 or 3 months. I should have seen someone else, so should you! Those people sound awful, not capable to treat your mental issues properly.  That guy should no longer see any patients if he can't actually consult  them himself... not ethical to send in his nurses. 
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