Ratings for Dr. David Bakish
I am inclined to agree with the negative comments on here. Current serving member of the Canadian Forces and saw Dr Bakish in Pet. Never once asked me why I was seeking help or what happened to me. He immediately assumed my issues were combat related and never asked otherwise. Fast forward 2 years and turns out I am on triple...TRIPLE the recommended dose of one of the pills he prescribed. That's been 2 years wasted with some serious side effects. Further he would not entertain any other treatment option and right from the first appointment wanted me on his program of Pristiq and Keppra. He even instructed me that if I feel any side effects from the other drugs he had to prescribe first (The way our med system works certain drugs have to be prescribed first) I was to immediately tell him so he could get me on the pristiq and Keppra. I have no doubt he is extremely intelligent however as a Dr he has a duty to do no harm and treat the individual. Neither of which he did with me.
I was serving in the Canadian Forces and suffered from PTSD as a result of a tour in Afghanistan. This man never spent more than 15 minutes with me for any appointment. I was looking for therapy and all I received was prescription after prescription. All he cares about is drugs. I wouldn't go to him if he was the last psychiatrist in the world. Once I quit the drugs and started effective therapy my symptoms and conditions improved immensely.
As with most doctors if you are prepared with a clear explanation and prompt questions you will have a better experience with the Doctor. He has always had time for us, has answered questions fully and patiently. I also like his practice of offering more than one option in medication. As he says he's not a shrink he just fixes your drug issues. And at this he is the most knowledgeable there is. I 'm thankful we've had him see us. If he's a bit abrupt suck it up and say thanks for the knowledge. My only complaint would be we really need him now but he's nowwhere to be found.
Dr. Bakish is the worst psychiatrist ever. You cannot make a proper diagnosis in 10 minutes as Bakish tried with me too. I can say this because the next psychiatrist completely reversed Bakish's diagnosis saying there was NOTHING wrong with me except some bad life events and physical ailments and this was after spending 3 hours with me and an hour with my husband. Dr. Backish's ego does not like to be disagreed with because I indeed disagreed with him for 10 minutes unsuccessfully. I took his pills and the result was disastrous and I should have sued him. Avoid this psychiatrist you could be misdiagnosed with serious consequences or at least get a second opinion.
Dr. Bakish diagnosed me after a few minutes-and it was the wrong diagnosis. (he asked me what my favourite fruit and colour were!) Was prescribed a cocktail of drugs I did not need. The drugs aggravated my condition. Fortunately, someone got it right a couple years later!
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