Ratings for Dr. George Pawliuk
Wow is this guy terrible. Proof that psychiatry is mostly a scam to keep a bunch of overpaid fratboy clowns in weekend golf and a new Mercedes, and drug companies swimming in dishonest profits. A Darwinist, I suspect, and yet another terrible South African import. Avoid, and if you can't, there is a process to have whatever he blights your record with removed, then go to a better doctor. I recommend Dr. Lysak in Victoria.
I saw Dr Pawliuk after a frightening traumatic memory emerged and set my emotional life out of balance. I was suffering from frequent invasive thoughts, compulsive behaviours, and barely-tolerable anxiety. Dr P. and his intern conducted a sensitive and comprehensive intake interview, which I appreciated very much. I was prescribed an anti-depressant to help with the anxiety, and told "you have anxiety" (with some degree of humour, given my reason for attending the app't) with "some traumatic features." I asked about therapeutic options, which are apparently quite limited in our current system. When I expressed my desire to pursue a psychotherapeutic approach, rather than relying on long-term prescription drug use, the doctor told me that "there's no golden therapeutic cure." I appreciated his frankness, but sensed his skepticism about therapy. Speaking about the abuser I had mentioned in my intake interview, he unfortunately stated that "people are assholes and the world isn't fair." I felt this was a gross misstep and highly unprofessional, and it also minimized my experience and determination to heal. Since that appointment, more than a year ago, I have sought therapeutic support, continued to rebuild family relationships, and remained devoted to deepening my understanding of my own suffering and that of my family. The doctor was correct that there is no "golden cure," but there is much more potential in the whole human psyche than Dr P is willing to investigate. Dr. P is not a bad man, and his practice suffers only from the same narrow interpretation of psychiatry (psych = mind, iatry = healing) that has hobbled his profession since Big Pharma got involved. It is my deep wish that psychiatrists like him - kind, knowledgeable, sensitive, intelligent - can rekindle some progressive interest in the field and be open to new ideas and research.
Diagnosed me with a somatic disorder or possible hypochondria. Most painful moment of my disease trajectory . Turns out I have a ion channel dysfunction. So I can say he was biased, irresponsible, arrogant, and not a healer. Caused me years of pain and stigma. Granted, my GP shouldn't have sent me to a psychiatrist in the first place. But his support rather than incorrect diagnosis would have helped me and saved me years of pain.
Seemed open, knowledgeable, and progressive first visit. Totally changed his tune when I went back to ask to try a different ADHD medication, since the NDRI he prescribed is giving me anxiety and panic attacks (a known side effect of that med, especially for people with pre-existing anxiety disorders). He outright accused me of being a drug-seeking addict, talked down to me, and only relented after checking my prescription history to find that I rarely refill my prior prescription (a much more abusable medication than the one I was asking to try). He also didn't bother to make a follow up appointment to see how my new medication was going prior to this (he didn't think I'd need one!?), gave no way to contact him after starting it, did not call me back when I phoned and left word with his receptionist that I was having troubling side effects and wanted to discuss them, and rushed the follow up appointment I made to try to find a medication that would be a better fit. He seemed caring at first, but it was either a facade or reserved only for people that fit his narrow stereotype of a good psychiatric patient, and he is not afraid to jump to wild conclusions about what kind of person you are.
Arrogant and inappropriate. Not helpful, and sometimes harmful. Scary to think people are relying on him for their mental health. If you feel discouraged or dis-empowered after seeing him or in his care, know that there are other ways to become mentally healthy and other people who give good care. Don't give up!
Arrogant and waiting to retire. Thinks himself a great comedian and perhaps should have pursued a career in stand-up comedy. Loves pills and making fun of people, including his patients. Makes no effort to help you and it is quite clear he is just putting in time until retirement. This guy should leave and make room for a psychiatrist who cares and makes an effort.
Dr. Pawliuk has been my psychiatrist for many years and I am grateful for the effective care I have received. He is a kind man with a tremendous amount of knowledge and confidence who has a pragmatic approach to dealing with mental health. He may not be the perfect fit for everyone but if you are willing to do the work to help yourself, he is there for you. He knows his stuff and has always been in my corner to offer good sound advice. It surprises me to read bad reviews but I guess you can't please everyone all of the time. If most of us who are fortunate to have him as our doctor would take the time to write a review, his ratings would soar.
He's a condescending, arrogant man that ruined my mother's life. He gets angry when you deny a medication and becomes borderline vengeful. He mocked my mother when she expressed her feelings of suicidal thoughts. Pawliuk is a pill pusher that prescribed my mother medication that was extremely addictive and some of the most harmful drugs in the world (close to heroin) for up to five years. He mis-diagnosed my mother and gave her several drugs that she didn't need to begin with. Relationships with family members were ruined because of her drug addiction and she lost years of her life. This man should frankly be in jail. My mom is just one case out of the many he has treated. If I was able to, I'd sue this man for malpractice. AVOID AT ALL COSTS.
My advice is to avoid import doctors from South Africa. Pawliuk is not the only one I've had problems with, my whole family has several tales to tell about doctors from that part of the world. Avoid this guy. If you can't, have whatever he submits to your medical record removed and then go to a different doctor, preferably one with a private practice. The psychiatrists lurking at Eric Martin should probably all be in jail, frankly.
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