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By: cdjenx79
Piedmont Psychiatric Services
I'm a registered nurse and have worked in both office and hospital settings. I took my daughter to Dr Goodbar for counseling when she was 11. He talked with her for 10 minutes. He told me she was too disconnected to respond to therapy without taking medication. He wrote a prescription for Zoloft. He told me she could schedule an appointment with one of his counselors (not him) only if she took the medication and handed me a checkout slip. When we checked out, his office staff looked at me like I had grown a second head when I handed them a Tricare Prime card (military insurance). They told me that I would have to pay up front because they do not file Tricare which confused me because they were in our network and when I had called for the appointment they said they were in fact a Tricare provider but said nothing about not filing in-office. Overall, I found the office staff to be disorganized and discourteous and Dr Goodbar to be generally unconcerned with my daughter's well-being.
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By: Beverley P.
Upstate Psychiatry PA
my daughter was a patient their and though I liked her doctor, I had an issue with them wanting my money more than they wanted to help. I was charged with 4 no shows. 1 was when I forgot 2 other times my daughter was in the hospital! she was fighting for her life after an od then she was in the hospital again for a mental breakdown! The hospital verified it then, when we were late, they charged me again! then the receptionist had the nerve to tell me that I needed to pay soon. I will find someone else that I can actually afford and actually cares.
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By: badvera
Piedmont Psychiatric Services
I have not been to my appointment yet. The only complaint so far is that I am in agreement with another reviewer in that the "phone tag" game for communicating with them is ridiculous! I don't want counseling , just med control. So, I really hope Dr. Smith works out since another reviewer said that is about all he does.
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By: Adam C.
Piedmont Psychiatric Services
Professional and caring. Exactly what I was looking for.
Tips & Advices
A child psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in issues that affect the mental and emotional health of children and teens. Child psychiatrists can provide treatment for children and teenagers who suffer from depression, autism, anxiety disorders, attention disorders, drug addictions, eating disorders, mood disorders, and a wide range of behavioral problems.
Psychiatrists typically ask questions that focus  on the issues that are having a negative effect on your life. In an initial visit with a psychiatrist, you may be asked about symptoms you've experienced, and ways in which you've tried to deal with them. You might be asked about current and past medical conditions, as well asa family health history.
A referral is an authorization from your doctor saying that a certain type of treatment is medically necessary, and it's usually required if you want your insurance company to cover the costs associated with a visit to a psychiatrist. If you don't have insurance, a referral is not required to schedule a psychiatrist visit.
Psychiatrists and psychologists sometimes collaborate, and this typically takes place when working with patients who have serious mental health problems. In cases like this, a psychologist will treat the patient from a behavioral perspective. A psychiatrist will complement this treatment with care that handles issues concerning biology, neurology, and the prescription of drugs.
Many psychiatrists specialize in treating certain conditions. Some psychiatrists focus on substance abuse therapy, and this is the treatment of addiction to substances like alcohol, narcotics, and tobacco. Others specialize in biological psychiatry, which is the treatment of brain chemistry disorders like depression and schizophrenia. Psychiatrists might also specialize in treating elderly patients or children and adolescents.

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