Ratings for Dr. Stuart Shipko
Maybe Dr. Shipko has been in this business for so long and he's jaded by all the patients that come in with problems that are just in their head. Whatever it is, you wouldn't expect a psychiatrist to undermine and invalidate all your issues, especially when you're paying him for his time. Dr. Shipko did not take the time to listen to my issues. He was not empathetic at all. The moment I told him what I had come there because I was experiencing issues with my job and personal life and thought I had ADHD, he basically labeled me as a drug addict and started talking about the history of speed as it relates to children with ADD. Sorry but I hadn't even alluded at all to any medical prescriptions or preferences, I was here to address an issue I've been facing. He immediately judged me based on 5 minutes of me talking, and then dominated the convo with his opinion that ADHD does not exist. Period. After 30 min of lecturing and making me feel like a fraud and an addict (which I am not, needless to say, I barely even drink once a week at the most), he demanded I pay him for the session, oh and mentioned that I might see a bill from my insurance. I've never walked away from a psych session feeling like I needed therapy for my therapy. What a waste of time, money, and emotional investment. It takes a lot to admit you have an issue and to seek help for it, and he is definitely not one of those doctors who will value you as a patient or even a human being. And with this review, I feel a lot better. Thanks Dr. Shipko! Since you won't listen to me, at least the Internet will.
Dr. Shipko did take a fair amount of time with me but when I asked about his opinion about medication, he said he didn't think I needed it. While he is entitled to his opinion, when I pursued the issue (since I specifically sought out a psychiatrist to help me manage my medication) he accused me of being a drug seeker (not even sure what he meant by that). He told me psychiatric drugs will ruin my life and may cause death in some cases. I asked him why he was a psychiatrist if he is anti-medication which he had no real answer for. I agree that medication is not always the answer but I had been working to manage my conditions without medications with little improvement. He did not seem to listen to or care about why I might need medication. He was against the idea seemingly before he even heard my medical and personal history. Long story short, he is biased against psychiatric medications. If you need or want medication management, absolutely do not see Shipko.
There are very few psychiatrists who will actually spend to the time get to know their patients, let alone get emotionally invested in your well being. His warm demeanor & honesty when under his care helped me overcome extreme issues with anxiety & hopelessness through his unique humanistic approach. He will do his best to go over on appointment times if he feels you need someone to really listen to. He is a good man & does everything he can to make sure his patients are okay & getting better.
My experience with Dr. Shipko was very negative. I felt he was extremely insensitive and follows an agenda (avoids prescription of medication at all costs) in his diagnoses. I also felt he was very rude in his communication style. I could list other reasons as to why my visit remains a bad memory, but I will just suggest to do yourself a favor and avoid his treatment.
Dr Shipko is the absolute best doctor for treating anxiety disorders. He does not believe in just immediately prescribing heavy psychiatric medicines like most doctors will. Instead he really looks for the roots of your problems, and treats the issues with a combination of therapy and possible medication if needed. I highly recommend him.
Dr. Stuart Shipko's Credentials
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- Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109 (Grad. 1978)
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