Ratings for Dr. N. Youssef
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!
Absolutely terrible. I'm younger and went alone and have been dealing with ADHD since I was diagnosed at a very young age so I'm not a stranger to dealing with mental health issues. I've now got that under control and have 2 new issues. I was treated as a joke. He laughed when I inquired about seeking a very valid treatment option and barley looked up from his paper the whole time. I'm an absolute mess and was quite excited and anxious to see him after waiting 3 months and was absolutely crushed at the was I was treated. I needed a psychiatrist that would help as my quality of life is terrible and he only addressed one issue and didn't recommend a follow up. I have never been more disappointed at the way I was treated and you couldn't pay me enough to go back. The staff however are quite helpful. I give a 0/10, I don't recommend
Terrible mental health professional. This Dr has zero people skills and offers little time for patients. He does not speak in sentances and has failed to ever carry on a conversation. He nods his head and speaks with zero emotion.... almost like he himself is sedated by meds. He thinks everyone abuses adderal/ ritalin and refuses to perscribe in his practice..... I have not been prescribed either for my condition so I am unsure why he felt compelled to tell me this over and over again. This Dr only pushes meds he must be getting kickback from... with all the marketing posters in his office. .....I am still his patient but hopefully not for much longer ...I would however commend him for his punctuality.
I am shocked at some of the negative reviews here so I thought I would weigh in. I was Dr. Yousef's patient approx three years ago when he was on 23rd Ave (he's near Grey Nuns now). He is a classic psychiatrist - meaning he is stoic, nods a lot without response and when he speaks he is concise and to the point. Initial session consisted of the questionnaire. He explained that ADHD is diagnosed primarily through the questionnaire. I have always been vehemently against pharmacology but he explained that with ADHD it is the best treatment available and went over the safety, merits, and side effec of the drugs. He said if I wanted, I could stop medication after a time - and could think of the meds as "training wheels" to help me realize which parts of me were me, and which parts were the disorder. I started on Concerta and he switched me to Vyvanse six months later which I am still on. I did the group therapy sessions which I found very helpful not only for the information, but also to see other ADHD people in the room let's you see how you appear to others. I asked Dr. Youssef a LOT of questions - right down to explaining how dopamine uptake receptors work and he was very knowledgeable. I have done much research on my own in the years following and have yet to find any information Dr. Youssef gave me that was wrong or misinformed. Dr. Youssef was never late for my appointment. Not once. Most of the time I would arrive and walk right in. If I was a bit late or early I could still walk in. I am not sure how busy he is now however. My only complaint would be that he didn't explain social skills and ADHD. I I told it was beyond the scope of the group therapy and that re-learning social skills would be part of the process. After three years I have learned but I think if he had gone over the emotional component of ADHD it would have been helpful to me (Impulsive display of emotion - anger or tears -disrupting social ties) Granted the DSM4 leave it out but many other ADHD doctors in North America recognize it - as do the Europeans.
This doctor, when it comes to people of my age, has extreme biases. especially since I had seen him 6 years ago, in 2010. I then told him honestly the drugs I had experimented with in the last year, as I was young, and stupid. When I went back to him, he continued to ask about my drug use. I told him I don't use drugs anymore. that I was young, and stupid, and it had been a long time ago. I was desperate and extremely suicidal. I think I may have had another week before I might have actually killed myself. I had actually given myself a timeline, though that timeline began feeling too long, especially after speaking with this doctor, I had in mind, the use of a drug with immediate effects, as I didn't have the time to wait. I asked him for something like Adderall, something that would have relatively immediate results so that I didn't have to resort to my final plan. he kept insisting that I was taking drugs, when I had and have been clean for years. but he told me Adderall is "addictive" and "feels like ecstasy or cocaine..." what kind of idiot doctor makes this claim? do I believe he has ever tried ecstasy or cocaine? No, there's no way he knows what he's talking about. so i said if he was worried about the addictiveness, (which is also as addictive as the longer acting drugs that take four or more weeks to begin working, those drugs can actually be MORE addictive, with even WORSE withdrawal symptoms. he himself admitted that you can't just "stop taking it" well duh, the most addictive drugs I've ever been on have been Anti-depressants, and other long acting drugs that are supposedly safer than their daily counterparts. its all just BS, all drugs are addictive.) It told him if he was worried about the addictive factor, then why not just try a week or so, to see how i react to it? He then insisted that i was a drugs seaker and that he would not give me "a week, or three days, or even one." i was in tears trying to articulate to him the nature of this emergency. i had been to ER's and psychiatrists and psychologists and done as much as i could to find a solution to my problem, which was that my ADHD was causing so much anxiety that it became extremely detrimental to my everyday life, causing Massive depression because i could go outside, i hated to talk to people. i began isolating myself from my friends and finally decided i just needed to die. he wrote to my doctor saying that i was a drug seeker and should be given nothing. the next day after seeing him i went to see dr. Silverstone, who was incredibly helpful in dissasuading my doctor of the notions Dr. Youssef might have given her had his opinion stood alone. my doctor finally put me on vivance, a cleaner version of Adderall. my mother tells me she has her baby boy back. i feel happy and productive like i haven't in many many years. i feel confident and look forward to life once again. like i did as i kid. its like I'm being born again, if it was him who had been in charge of my life, and my medication. he would have killed me. because i was sick. i wasn't a drug seeker, i was a clean 27 year old man who just needed someone to care enough to help me. and he didn't care. he would have rather seen me die, than give a potential "drug seeker" a week worths of what turned out to be, a life saving medication. Dr Youssef, is a horrible human being, truly, i believe, a dangerous, sociopath, with no regard for anyone but himself. ive never been so disgusted by the treatment ive received from a doctor.
Dr. Youssef has been SO helpful. My life has changed completely because of his diagnosis and treatment. We are still fine tuning dosage but I can't believe the difference this has made. I was a little worried reading over some of these other reviews prior to my first appointment, however I found Dr. Youssef to be extremely compassionate and kind. I definitely highly recommend him if you are seeking help with ADHD. My only complaint is that most of his patients run late so your appointment is often later than you book it, but I would venture a guess that any Doctor that works with patients with ADHD experiences similar issues.
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- Coventry Health Care