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Misdiagnosed our son and refused to prescribe him any medication - preferring to blame family dynamics instead. Wasted our time and put our son at additional risk.
I sincerely wish I could have the months of my life spent on this man's couch back. He was rude, arrogant, and talked more than he listened. He bragged constantly about the amount of time he had spent in his field while delivering no evidence of anything learned in that time. Every therapy session was about him and how great he was, not about me the patient. I cannot stress enough how much worse he made me feel, and now I'm too jaded to give any other therapist the time of day. I feel more angry and alone now than I ever did before I met him.
I am a patient of Dr Downs and I personally found him to be one of the worst doctors I have ever had. He talked down to me, and treated me like I couldn't possibly explain what was going on in my own head better than he could, due to his "years of experience" (which you would think would have shown him that not all adolescents are too hormonal/melodramatic to have any introspection). He constantly answered his cellphone in the middle of my sessions, talking on one occasion for fifteen minutes straight. He did not seem to care what I thought was wrong, preferring to blame my issues on family problems (which I don't have) and the fact that I am a teenager. He was condescending, frustrating to deal with, and I typically left his sessions more unhappy and upset than when I came in. I dreaded his appointments every time they were scheduled, and did not find him in any way beneficial. Tomorrow is what I sincerely hope is my final appointment with this man, and I will not miss him at all.
Dr.Downs has changed my life literally.He is patient,kind,and is a great listener.He really understands human behaviour and how attachment theory is so importent in a human beings development.I was once lost and now have found me with lots of help from a great man.If you want to go to boot camp for your behaviours and thought patterns to be positive ,go talk to Dr.Downs.
Helped my family very much deal with their issues and knew psychology very well. He's a great listener and is great at reading body language. I'd recommend him for just about everyone. If it wasn't for him, my sister would be dead right now and I wouldn't want to be a psychologist. Thank you Dr.Downs.
The best psychiatrist i have ever seen, was more then happy to explain specifics (contradictions, side effects, and mechanism of actions)of the drugs he recommended. Also never took offense (as so many psychiatrists do) when i refused certain classes of antidepressants, and worked with me instead of trying to force me into what he thought best. He also was an efficient psychotherapist, and i can honestly say i would be in a far worse situation today (if not dead) if he had not been my psychiatrist. He was not overly eager to pin diagnoses on me, which is an extremely common practice in psychiatry these days (unfortunately for me several other psychiatrists already had taken that route, which did absolutely no help and alot of harm.) I highly recommend him to anyone who actually wants to learn how to live with their problems, and do not recommend him to parents who believe their child has a mental illness that they want diagnosed and pills prescribed to 'fix'.
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