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Med. School:University Of Illinois At Chicago Health Science Center
Grad. Year: 1966

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Rating: 4.8 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 27 reviews. Dr. PHILIP J. BERENT has an excellent overall rating on RateMDs.com. smile

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Psychiatrist-related: mental illness, depression, schizophrenia, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, substance abuse disorders, depression medication, pharmacological treatment, prescription drugs
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RID: 5207595
24/02/14 5 5 5 5 I have been a patient of Dr Berent for over 15 years. I suffer from extreme anxiety. Dr Berent saved my life. 8 years ago I was going through a horrible divorce and I was "throwing in the towel". I received a call from my attorney and had my mind made up that it was over. Dr Berent knew this and took control of me. He related to my situation and clearly articulated why I was wrong with my logic. I kept listening as his voice grew stronger and his enunciation elevated. He explained to me exactly what I was missing and what was going on. He even told me what was going to happen and why. To this day, he was 100% correct. Dr Berent has infinite wisdom in just about everything. He is a true professional that has been there and done it. Dr Berent is a seasoned Psychiatrist that continues to provide me with emotional and morale support, but he also provides me with excellent legal and financial advise. Small price to pay for his vast experience! 5 Stars hands down! Thank you Dr B.  Respond
06/02/14 SYSTEM: 'birds of a feather' score (based on Medicare patients-in-common): 3.8 
RID: 3659844
19/01/14 5 5 5 5 Dr. Berent treated my husband who has struggled with temper, depression and anxiety forever. I called and Dr. B answered the phone himself and gave us an immediate appt. He emailed some diagnostic questionnaires and in the first appt, diagnosed bipolar disorder, put him on a great med, and changed our lives for the better. We went back a month later for a check and we were done. Well worth the investment. My husband is now a calm, happy man-we're all still in shock at the difference.  Respond
RID: 3617681
24/11/13 5 5 5 5 Dr. Berent is an outstanding psychiatrist. He has been in the field for many years so he has the experience you need to trust his advice and professional opinions. At the same time, he strives to keep up on the ever changing medical field, so the wealth of knowledge this man has makes being a patient much more rewarding. Dr. Berent truly cares about his patients and wants to get you feeling and living better than ever. I've been paying out of pocket and his fees are the least of my worries when my health is on the line. It is a great feeling not having to put my life in the hands of an insurance company, but rather partnering with a Doctor who makes his patients' wellbeing his top priority.  Respond
RID: 2347284
10/07/12 5 5 5 5 Dr. Berent has worked until we have the right medications in the correct amounts for me. I truly appreciate all he has done for me. I finally feel great (stable, no wild mood swings or any anxiety...) My friends & family have noticed the overall improvement in me. 
Paid (or co-pay): $20
RID: 2320322
04/07/12 5 4 5 5 Dr. Berent helped me feel normal again. I have never been a fan of taking medications but I was to the point of not caring when I went to my first appointment. I am taking several different medications now but my depression is gone, my social anxiety much improved, and I am able to focus on what I need to do...usually. He is extremely friendly and always makes me laugh. Hearing that he too has issues that he is on medication for made me feel more comfortable. I would and have recommended him to my friends.  Respond
RID: 2312976
02/07/12 5 5 5 5 I've been a patient of Dr. Berent for several years. There are times I forget to check in with him and he takes the time to contact me. He follows up to make sure I'm taking my meds. When I call him he answers right away or returns my calls promptly. I trust him with my care.  Respond
RID: 2294770
26/06/12 5 4 5 5 Other than one poor decision, Dr. Berent has made very good recommendations. He 'cured' me of my depression. (Or as close as you can get anyway.) Was skeptical at first because of his hearty laugh, but he proved me wrong and wound up being very good. (Don't hear psychiatrists laugh like that much.) My mood, temper and anxiety have improved remarkably well. My co-workers have even commented that my mood and attitude have done a complete 180 degrees for the better. Never felt like this before in my life. I recommend him heartily!! (Health Alliance not listed as insurance.)  Respond
RID: 2270415
18/06/12 5 4 5 5 Dr. Berent has been a wonderful psychiatrist. He has asked me great (and sometimes hard) questions that have led to a more focused and full treatment plan that I needed. He also suggested I be tested for Hashimoto's as different symptoms I had (including hypothyroidism and colitis) indicated this possibility and also suggested I go gluten free. Testing revealed I do have Hashi's and going GF has helped me feel even better. I highly recommend.  Respond
RID: 2243644
13/06/12 5 5 5 5 I highly recommend Dr. Berent as he was proficient in assessing, diagnosing and treating my problems.  Respond
RID: 2187394
01/06/12 4 3 5 5 I am a primary care physician in Macomb who manages a fair amount of psychiatric conditions. Dr. Berent has served as a locum tenens physician here since Sept 2011. He does have some unconventional treatments and advise, but has overall had good results with those patients of mine he has treated. I cannot speak to his punctuality as I have not been treated in his practice. Overall, from a physician standpoint, he's been approachable and helpful.  Respond
RID: 2176232
30/05/12 5 2 3 3 Dr. Berent was very helpful in finding the right combination of meds to help me. However, there are several things about him that bother me. Every visit he asks about gynecological issues and pushes me to do things that have no pertinence to my treatment. He always takes way too much time talking about politics and other topics that don't concern my treatment. The last time I was there he listed all the prescriptions that he is taking himself for various ailments. This is a waste of my time and I find it very irritating! He needs to stick to why the patient is there for treatment.  See Responses
RID: 2161552
27/05/12 5 5 5 5 I am very pleased with the professional care I have received from Dr. Berent. My mood and energy are improved significantly from the medications he has prescribed. I enjoy our meetings, which are psychologically and intellectually exhilarating. I find Dr. Berent competent and kind, and I recommend him as a psychiatrist.  Respond
RID: 2160447
25/05/12 5 3 5 5 I am the medical chief of staff at the health center at Western Illinois University. I am board certified in family medicine and also certified in Addictions. I have been in active medical practice in family medicine, college health and addictions for 38 yrs. I have worked with Dr. Berent since Sept. 2011. He has been our consulting psychiatrist this school year. He has done an excellent job of diagnosing and treating the students. They like him and respect his judgment. I do as well. Those referred to him do very well and function much better due to his care. I recomment him highly!  Respond
RID: 2111484
05/05/12 5 5 5 5 Dr.Berent is by far the best Psychiatrist I have ever had, and I have had several.He asks a lot of questions and when I responded to his questions he would really listen and take very detailed notes.I was always very comfortable in his office and I told him personal issues that I have never told any one, issues that I would not tell to my own mother.Before I was a patient of Dr.Berent, my conditions were very bad, and now after a few sessions with Dr.Berent,I feel like a completely new person.The treatment I received from Dr.Berent really turned my life around and now I feel great! 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
02/05/12 SYSTEM: 2 positive duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
29/04/12 SYSTEM: 2 positive duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 2084822
27/04/12 5 4 5 5 Dr. Berent is an excellent physician whom I would recommend to anyone. After giving me several assessments during our first meeting, he was able to correctly diagnose me with a disorder that I have known that I had for years but that none of my other psychiatrists seemed to pick up on. The changes to my medication regimen have improved my quality of life greatly! Dr. Berent is also quite irreverent and humorous, and I enjoy going to our meetings. Though I know his time in Macomb is still considered a temporary arrangement, I think that him becoming a permanent member of MDH would be an asset to our community.  Respond
RID: 2084677
27/04/12 5 4 5 5 Dr. Berent is an excellent psychiatrist. He does a great job of listening to my concerns and addressing them (I finally have my meds right). My depression is in full remission and that's something I haven't experienced in a long time! He is a very friendly guy and has a great sense of humor. I highly recommend him. I wish he was staying at WIU longer but he's only here temporarily.  Respond
RID: 2061870
21/04/12 5 4 5 5 Dr. Berent is very thorough, takes his time with his patients so I didn't the wait. He prescribed me several meds and I have virtually no side effects. My psychiatrists in the past didn't listen to me and what I told them worked for me and didn't work for me. They just constantly changed my meds until I stopped taking them due to side effects and financial costs. Dr. Berent actually listens to me and carefully considers what I've taken in the past, what I did like, and what I didn't like. And he's a VERY nice guy! He found a book for me to help with self-treatment over the summer (as he treats me during the University year only). He didn't just throw prescriptions my way, he really wants me to get better. Also, he's very reachable as he gives his cell phone# out for follow-up between appointments, or for any problems one may have, if any. 
Insurance: Aetna
Paid (or co-pay): $75
RID: 2033474
16/04/12 5 2 2 4 Dr. Berents staff is very nice and supports any of the patients that come in. He punctuality is very poor, he is late for his 1st morning patient and he is late coming back from lunch.He does not stay within his time frame for each patient which makes it hard for whoever is running that appointment.His knowledge is okay as long as he is dealing with children, cause he has been seeing patients that are adults and says to them are you ready to see your favorite childhood psychiatrist. He also leaves folders of other patients sitting on his desk while you are in with him. Leaves his door open while in with a patient so if any one is in the waiting room can hear what is being said. He has seen a patient in the waiting room while other patients are coming in. He in not very HIPPA friendly. He has talked about other patients with his current patient. Talked about fire arms with some one that has no knowledge of a gun. Has asked patients if their parents are taking their meds. 
Insurance: Medicaid / Medi-Cal
RID: 2005531
10/04/12 5 5 5 5 Dr Berent is an amazing doctor!!! He's easy to talk to and has a very professional caring manner. I have referred numerous individulas to him. He makes a positive difference in peoples lives. He's very current and well informed on the latest treatment options and is highly focused on each idividual. I find him to be very trustworthy and value him profoundly. He is a true asset to his profession! He brings a better quality of life to those he treats!  Respond
RID: 1863854
07/04/12 5 5 5 5 Dr. Berent was the first doctor to correctly diagnose me. He has been a tremendous help to me and I would urge anyone who is struggling to see him. And he's funny! So nice when things are tough to see someone that totally cracks you up!  Respond
RID: 1761678
19/03/12 5 5 5 5 Very nice doctor. I have enjoyed meeting with him. His treatment of my disorder has been excellent.  Respond
RID: 1733374
10/03/12 5 5 5 5 This doctor is fantastic! He has truly helped my daughter and me. He has a great sense of humor, too. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
RID: 1731364
07/03/12 5 5 5 5 I am very happy with the treatment I receive from Dr. Philip Berent. He is a very knowledgable and extremely likeable man, and I have great faith in him. He was able to help me even more than the MD I saw previous to Dr. Berent's arrival in our community. HE is very easy to trust, adn I trust him a great deal. He is personable and friendly. I certainly would reccommend him to anyone. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
RID: 1726380
01/03/12 5 2 3 4 Dr. Berent adjusted my meds and made life a lot easier to deal with! 
Insurance: CIGNA
RID: 1660356
13/12/11 5 5 5 5 this dr is now in macomb and I would reffer him to anyone. He has helped me when so many have failed. Dont hesitate to give him a try. He is now macomb and can be reached 309-836-6400.Thank You Christy R.  Respond
RID: 1554678
05/10/11 5 5 5 5 Is thorough and experienced. Establishes a good rapport with the patient and will address concerns.  Respond
RID: 1519343
22/08/11 5 5 5 5 Terrific Doctor. He knows his medicine and relates well to children and teens. If you have tried others and your child still isn't healthy, he will be able to help  Respond
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