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May I ask...have you tried therapy referral websites when looking for a new psychiatrist?
I couldn't find one
OK. May I offer you a couple which will help you to find a new psychiatrist that is close enough to you but not in the same town. WOuld that be helpful?
Here's one of the most popular ones and a number of psychiatrists and therapists use this site so that should give you a good start
The second most commonly used one is here http://www.find-a-therapist.com/
The best approach to take would be to narrow down your choices after reading their profiles as they offer bios about themselves
This limits the "trial and error" process for finding new providers
yes, I see
I hope that's helpful for you
Have you called your insurance provider yet? They can give you a list of providers as well that are within a certain mile radius of where you are as well as specific one's that have weekend and after hours appointments which would be helpful
They have a website but it brings up a lot of providers with not much info about them and nothing about their hours at all
May I ask...have you shared with anyone in the clinic or practice that you have bipolar?
I've spent lots of time looking on that website and I'm left having to call a bunch of people about their hours.
I haven't told anyone here. It's an area where appearances matter a lot and I don't think it would go over well.
the nice thing about the first one is that you can do an advanced search regarding office hours and such so that should help
I can appreciate what you mean...it's so unfortunate that even though we've come this far in psychiatry stigmas still live on
If I were in a different field, it might not matter. I think a lot of docs think if you're bipolar, you can't be trusted to practice medicine.
I would suggest that you start doing a few searches as soon as possible...as a physician you're certainly well aware not to wait until you're close to running out of meds
I understand that....despite it being an absurd notion
as most of our brilliant scientists had mental health diagnoses.
Also it's a brand new urgent care center where they want me to attract new clients so any possibility of negative press/gossip would be the opposite of what they want.
I have been searching without much luck. I hope the sites you've given will help more.
I believe that they will as they offer providers all around the country and are pretty inclusive
If I may ask...what's the closest major area to you?
San Jose, CA
You'll be fine!!
I'm certain you'll have many options as that's such a highly populated area
It's almost an hour away though. I'm on the coast (Monterey area)
Salinas and Santa Cruz are closer
I just put in San Jose in the psychology today site I gave you and over a hundred providers came up
same thing with santa cruz
May I ask....is there anything further that I can help you with....or that you would like to discuss or go over?
No, you've been very helpful and I appreciate it very much.
I want to be certainn that you have all your questions answered thoroughly
You are indeed welcome. You can click ACCEPT button to end the chat. I wish you the very best
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