Ratings for Dr. Mathew Samuels
Kind of a waste of money. I would see him for 5 maybe 10 minutes at most and that was just because it took a while for the scripts to print out. He's a nice guy, but I felt he wasn't really interested in helping me. I'm surprised he's still in psychiatry. I'm not a very open person, so he'd ask how things were going and it'd just be 'the same', so he'd give me the same anti-depressant, which I realised only after getting a therapist, was actually making me feel far worse (more tired, less motivated, hungry too). Now I'm off it and all anti-d meds (and seeing a different psych) and I feel better. Even though I told him it made me feel worse (along with all 10-15 of the other anti-depressants I've tried), he still seemed to think I should take more anti-d meds. I've even had an allergic reaction to one. ECT was offered to me too. I really liked the receptionists. Anyway, he won't make you feel worse (he is nice), but I doubt he'll make you feel better. Good luck all.
I would not recommend Dr Mathew Samuels to anybody he is arrogant and extremely rude. My Husband nearly died because of his arrogance and unhelpfulness and accused my Daughter of just wanting her Father's money when her father was extremely sick and has been diagnosed with Bi Polar disorder, but said no it was not Bi Polar but a breakdown. Dr Samuels organized between him and our GP - blocked any help from Fremantle Hospital and couldn't see my husband for 4 days.
I agree with the other comments posted here, on the whole. I have always been treated well by Dr Samuels, however he is very quick to come to a diagnosis and once he has done so, is totally unwilling to consider any other. He has a 'minimalist' approach to medication (in comparison to some doctors!) and will not over-medicate, however this can sometimes be an issue as I have come to realise. He has refused to address my insomnia problems and did not take my complaints of restless legs syndrome seriously, despite the latter driving me nearly to the point of suicide! In general though, he is a well meaning and knowledgable psychiatrist who deserves a shot whatever your mental health issue may be. One thing everyone who is not familiar with the medical community must realise is that it is very insestuous. By that I mean the quality of treatment you can expect is often dictated by your social status and by how many medical professionals you know socially. If your brother is a doctor, for example, you'll be treated like royalty. If your brother is a tradesman, you won't. It's sad but true.
He was very caring and friendly but actually quite unhelpful. He incorrectly diagnosed me and refused to change his mind, explore other options or ask me what I thought. He seemed to mean well, but he just didn't help me.
Only interested in money. Very insensitive. Just hands out scripts or suggests ECT. Not interested in talking. Won't take time getting to know you. Very black & white. If you don't agree with him he's not open to other suggestions. If things are too hard he won't bother. Reception staff are impossible to deal with and very rude, always interrogating you if you need an urgent appointment or help etc. he's good if you know what you want and need. But if you need advice, sensitivity and genuine care probably not for you.
Hes a great psych :) sometimes a bit insensitive but hes really just a funny guy thats easy to talk to. Hes not a psychotherapist so dont go to him if your looking for therapy. Hes a very intelligent man therefore when starting new medications he always knows everything about it so is helpful for you the patient to understand what your taking and the possible side effects. Ive had to discuss some very serious and distressing things and he always makes it feel light and easy and that helps for me to not feel like everything is the end of the world! But he also notices and identifies when things are or were bad but is always wanting to forward and work on recovery. Ive recommended him to a friend who is now under him and she thinks hes a great Psych also. Hes good with treating Eating Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, Borderline Personalty, Schizophrenia and Seniors. He admits to the Hollywood clinic which is also a great inpatient facility.
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