Ratings for Dr. N. Youssef
STAY CLEAR OF THIS DOCTOR Back in 2012 I was yet again struggling at work. Doing the work was not the issue, the issue was my attitude, being combative, disrespectful, and over opinionated. At the time I was 31, and this was my life, I had learned to cope when fired, then move onto the next Job. But this last job was a hard pill to swallow. I went into this poor me faze, why cant I keep my mouth shut or as my mother says it. Put up & Shut up. I was diagnosed with ADHA and other learning disabilities at age 19 while in college at the Atlantic Police Academy. Once diagnosed, and receiving meication and counceling I graduated top 3rd of my class. But discontinued medication etc at 21. So I began to think well maybe the law field is not for me lets go back to school. So I got my referral and waited for his office to call me. When I got my appointment and made my first visit to his office I did all the questionnaires, then had all of 25min with him, where I expressed wanting to back to school, and waned to work towards holding down a job. He's very impersonal, and only wanted to know what medication I had taken ten years previous. So I was given a script for conserta. In my next 5 visits all that was done was dosage increases. When I expressed I was worried I was falling into old ways at my new job, his response to me was *you still have the job right?* I would nod *then nothing is wrong* Needless to say I lost the job YET AGAIN. And his answer to everything was higher dosage. To the point that I was feeling high. Not focused. Once I brought this to his attention, and exprssed wanting to go back to the "old" adhd meds that I knew worked right FOR ME. He said no I want to try you on this other new form vyvanse. Then the cycle continued. In the meantime I had applied to McEwan, and met with their dissability department. They informed me my learning dissabilities evaluations needed to be updated at they were over 10 years old. Also if needed funding Im eligible for the Dissability Tax Credit. I did research and printed off the application for my next office visit. When presenting him with it and asking for his assistance in obtaining my dissabilities tax credit, he half assed the whole application. And wrote that *NO IT DOES NOT EFFECT MY DAY TO DAY LIFE & it gets better THAT IT IS NOT A LIFE LONG CONDITION* After this shit my husband came with me to my next appointment and put him on the sport. Wanting to know why nothing is working. He was told I have to want it to work, I cant just rely on medication to change my life. I shot back at him and asked why he dosent offer anything else but medication. So needless to say that was my last visit Im now 35 and have been getting medication from my family doctor the past 4 years. Everyday is still a struggle, Im still having issues at work in the many jobs I had since, but the difference Im upfront and honest about my dissability. Im now ready to try getting back on track and finding the right help to better my education and get my dissability tax credit. Once I saw his name again whensearching for specialists I had to warn others of him.
I recently had my first appointment with Dr. Yousef and found him to be knowledgeable, patient and understanding. When I arrived. his receptionist asked me to fill out a questionnaire. I had already been diagnosed with ADHD, depression and anxiety by another doctor but did not mind filling out the paperwork. I felt it was was important since parts of the questionnaire dealt with the recent past and would give the doctor more information for his independent assessment . Both of the receptionists in the office were friendly and the office comfortable. I waited about a half hour to see him. I did not feel rushed in my appointment, he asked questions and when my scattered mind took a turn, he would gently guide me back to answering the question. At the end of my appointment and after confirming my diagnosis of ADHD, Dr. Yousef took time and described the various medications available. He prescribed me one and explained why he felt this would be the best option for me to try. I had been to one other ADHD psychiatrist in the past and felt traumatized by the experience. I was worried about how Dr. Yousef would be but he gave me hope and made me feel so much better. He will be following up with me in a couple of weeks. I left his office optimistic and hope that with his help I will be able to see an improvement in my mental health.
If you are looking to book an appointment with him don't. Being an AD/HD specialist is irrelevant, please go and see literally anyone else. He is not worth the 7 months wait. I have found more useful support and information on the internet than what I've gotten from him, which was basically nothing but the title of, yet another book I should read (even though I had just finished explaining how much I struggle to sit and read. ) This was the most invalidating experience I've ever had. I wasn't coming in for a diagnosis. I have one of those already and I (now) do not respect his authority in that regard at all. I was looking for information but instead, I got 45 minutes of him making me feel like a complete idiot. I understand that the questionnaire is the "best method" but this requires a patient to come in with a lot of vulnerability and honesty, which he promptly stomped over and disregarded. He actually smirked when I was recalling incredibly sensitive aspects of my life, which not only is unprofessional but also incredibly disrespectful. I called him out on being invalidating early on in the appointment and he responded by telling me that he wasn't, as if he gets to decide how he's making me feel. This is not how a mental health specialist should respond. I have a pretty strong understanding of this disorder. No, I don't have my Ph.D. in it but I've been living with it for 23 years now, which apparently means nothing as everything I had to say about my experiences was unnecessarily scrutinized and picked apart. I understand that it's his job to investigate but somewhere through those years of training and education someone must've mentioned empathy and creating safe environments. Instead, it felt like my entire life was under a microscope and because I couldn't recall specific details of my childhood, clearly this wasn't as big of a deal as I was making it seem. How he "guided" the conversation and questioning was not AT ALL helpful or conducive for someone who struggles to focus on verbal direction. I kept being drilled for specifics without ANY direction about what he wanted, then he would get seemingly frustrated when I answered. I'm sure he knows a lot about something (or so says the fancy plaques he so proudly sits under) but he is NOT a good mental health professional and should not be dealing with patients face to face. These types of interactions can become incredibly dangerous when you have such vulnerable people being isolated and invalidated then ushered out in tears with absolutely no support given. This is another example of how our health system fails people who are struggling with neurological and mental health issues.
this Dr is so impersonal.... lacks all social skills and should be medicated himself. My 1'st appt with him lasted 10 min...the remainder .... I was cut off after 15 min because its all the time he allows his patients to articulate their px... diagnosis....side affects and resourcing. If you are someone who would appreciate you Dr to recipicrate .... stay far from him .
Felt like I was visiting a vending machine. We filled out the self-assessment which is what determined I had ADHD and not any of my previous assessments or behaviors. Afterwards, he would just make script adjustments for a two-week period, it was difficult to get off the time for work. he forgot to rebook my follow-up and I never went back. not a good choice for struggling young professionals.
HE FU CKED me over after submitting me to a more near doctor where he says that dr knew a lot about adhd when in fact he didnt so i called back at the office to see dr youssef again because we were a better match. but refused me because he know longer accepts re evaluations which i find ridiculous especially since i already was a patient of him and when having adhd depression and anxiety its quite hard to go to another dr on a 5 month waiting period. so be very careful with dr youssef! good luck you guys!
I was a mess. He gave a prescription. Felt like seeing a drug dealer really. As I continued to see him and told him the truth on how things weren't progressing for me, he just said he couldn't help me. He's good but only when it comes to ADHD. If you got other issses he's not going to help with those. He's just going to put you on Vyvanse. That's all he's done for anyone I've know who's seen him. You renturn telling him how life isn't getting better and he just sits there looking at his paper and writes another prescription. I left so angry that I've discontinued all my medications and now am worse than when I initially saw him. I seriously recommend only seeing him if you only are having ADHD symptoms cause he has no answers for anything else. I went in hopefully and left my last appointment so mad at the medical industry that I quit all my pills and am now a danger to society. When I explained to him how I felt and how scarred I was and his response was that he couldn't help me...that's when I saw this man is nothing but a drug pusher for Vyvanse
I will never go back again. To be clear the sectaries were great and highly personable this review is for doctor Youssef. I have managed to rebuild my life after living grassroots / hippy / rowdy and I still have full respect for other that do and are successful. I was looking for forward to speaking with this doctor for a few years he is the only Doctor in Edmonton dealing exclusively with A.D.H.D. Which is might be the issue. Psychiatry definition are often specific and dated as most things are. In wich leaving in option his whole perspective limited to clinical trials and his training. He is a prescribing professional. During my visit I felt I was processed with no care and concern for me. Normally I try not being this self centered lol. My concern is for other and would recommend him to others who fell good about who they and trying to refine them self to be ever better. I'm 42 healthier and happier then I have been my whole life. I went from barely being able to read, now with almost a 1000 reading/audio books in 4 years. People really enjoy being around and learning from me as I will mentor to the willing and influence other to be there best. Altruism is paradoxly the best feeling. I was prescribed stimulate medication a few times before my success but was sacred of it and wanted no help to become the best man I can be so I never took it. When I first start journey 7 years of medicated or how I perceive it is intelligent design. I was have side effects for about a year of euphoria and wakefulness. Darn lol. Those days are gone and now I am taking 60mg dexidrene, 200mg Alerted(monafinil), Cialis and 6g of omega 3, multi vitamin, ZMA and eat pescatarian with regular meditation. I am truly be the best I can be with help. My current blood work is fantastic and i recovered from high cholesterol, heart problems, high blood pressure, darkness and fog brain, my body was in extreme pain, circulation was killing my body. I hated my life I hated my wife I hated everything. I also lost over 100lb. Silver lining is I can now compared how terrible it was to me vs. loving everyone including myself. So if you care about reading my story I trust you more then him. He was only concerned on processing me with tools he has I respect him for who he is but I would never want to be him or thinking is so limited it only cause harm from the possible changes he recommended of taking me off all medication and replace only with Vyvanse. He probably could persuaded me to try but with such disregard to my life and Alerted (monafinil), omega 3, zma, multi vitamin with his window of time. He said I cannot self prescribe. I zero intension untill now. It is my responsibility to be the best I can be. Not his! So if my story is like yours. Danger! Danger! Danger!
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