Ratings for Dr. Mohammad Alsuwaidan
I went to see Dr Alsuwaidan several years ago in Toronto. At our first and only meeting he gave me the incorrect diagnosis of Bipolar II and came up with a medication plan to address it. He was very nice, charismatic, and sold me on the idea of medication fixing things for me. I was overmedicated and lost 6 months of my life to depersonalization which I can hardly remember as I was so over-medicated on Lamotrigine. It took me years to start to feel my version of normal again after this. I highly recommend getting more than one opinion on a diagnosis such as bipolar II. In hindsight, I was having large mood changes (that were confused for mania and depression) as I was in my first emotionally abusive relationship. Had Dr Alsuwaidan taken the time to meet me on more than one occasion (during our appointment my ex partner and I were having a "good day") he would have had an opportunity to recognize the cycle of abuse that was occurring in my life. It takes years to get to know someone and I think it is very unrealistic to make a treatment plan involving medication for someone you have spoken to for an hour.
Dr Alsuwaidan was my psychiatrist years ago in Toronto, unfortunately he moved to Kuwait to work about 5 years ago. I still recall him though as one of the best doctors I had. He is genuinely warm and friendly. I recall him always being very thorough in his assessments and in each follow up appointment. He would always answer my questions based on the latest research studies and explain things to me in understandable language. Some of the reviews here seem unfair. Dr. Alsuwaidan treated me for both ADHD and Bipolar type 2. It did take us a while to figure out I had both conditions but I never ever felt that he jumped to conclusions or was rushed. He always listened to my concerns carefully and took them seriously. He also explained that it takes some time to find the right medication combination for each person and although it did for me, what reassured me is that Dr. A. was always systematic about the process. Nothing felt haphazard or unplanned. Eventually the combo that worked for me was Vyvanse and Seroquel. I’m very grateful to him because to this day I’m functioning much better than I had been before I met him. I was struggling with mood swings and memory and attention problems. I’m sure he is human and donesnt get things right 100 percent of the time. But I think The one or two reviews that said he jumped to a conclusion are not in keeping with my experience with him at all, not many others it’s seems. I wish he was still in Toronto. He was so helpful to me and to many other s I’m sure. There are so few doctors who genuinely care, really care, about their patients. He was one of them.
I suspected that I had undiagnosed ADHD, which created a messy eating disorder and erratic behavior due to poor nutrition caused by the bulimia. My GP refused to give me ADHD meds out of fear that I would use it to lose weight so she sent me to Dr. A. At this time, I could barely keep a full time job, worked as a bartender and slept all day to work at night. I waited 3 months to see Dr. A who came in with a bias based on my GP's diagnosis of BP II - and proceeded to tell me after ONE meeting, and a questionnaire that I had Bi Polar II. I spent years on medication for something I didn't have, became suicidal and my eating disorder was worse than ever. Thankfully, I met an amazing Dr. whole took 6 months of recurring visits before he made an official diagnosis. I DID have ADHD and was medicated properly. My eating disorder is now non existent, I have a full time job making 6 figures, live on my own, and feel amazing. For this reason, Dr. A gets a ZERO - Without a doubt, I would not be alive right now if I had not seeked treatment elsewhere.
Dr. Alsuwaidan is one of the best psychiatrists for mania and bipolar disorder. However, if you do not have the symptoms of those two diseases, look for another doctor. In his field, Dr. Alsuwaidan is the best of the best! He was definitely one of the best psychiatrists in Canada when he lived and practices here. Unfortunately, he moved to Kuwait, and I had to look for a new doctor.
I went in with symptoms of depression. This doctor was extremely nice and polite however he told me himself he was on the fence about giving me a bipolar diagnosis and decided to put me on 300mg of serquel and 250 lamotrigine even though I suffered from depression and anxiety not mania. I feel like I lost 3 years of my life being over medicated and being weened off the medication was a scary experience. If you feel your diagnosis doesn't match what you are dealing with, get a second opinion before taking tons of pills.
I emailed Dr. Alsuwaidan today, asking if I could see him regarding my ADHD. He replied that he no longer works in Toronto. He wrote: "I would be happy to be of service but I have moved my practice to Kuwait about 3 years ago. I think Dr. Tim Bilkey is a great psychiatrist for ADHD. "
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