Ratings for Dr. John Cecil Pecknold
I saw dr Pecknold this year for the first and I hope the last time. He wasn't aware of my PTSD history, much less of the physical illness I had, contradicted in one session the diagnosis for which I had been treated for one year at the clinic, and patronized me over my menstrual cycle among other things. He didn't hear half of what I said (literally) and asked me several times to speak louder, so I ended up almost screaming. He plugged several times that he had written over a hundred publications over the course of the last forty years, and did a lot of mansplaining on a gynecological topic (for which a team of great doctors are already following me). Clearly, he is not at ease with young women. He should think about retiring...
In 1989, was 18 years old at that time. Was seeing another psychiatrist for a year who didn't know what to do to improve my worsening health situation. My family was greatly worried I wasn't going to live for long. Dr Pecknold accepted to take me as a patient. Change of direction, diagnosis, treatment. This awesome doctor saved my life. Last time I saw him was more than 20 years ago. Never had the chance to thank him for what he as done for me. I hope he reads this. Thanks for what you did for me, giving me a chance to have a good life.
I find dr pecknold only likes certain patients. He washes his hands of you by having someone call you and tell you that he won't see you any,more. He should be in some other profession - notary or actuary, some more aloof field. He has a deep coldness for his patients. He's just going through the motions in his job.
I found him very inconsistent and as a young woman I found him preoccupied with my weight and looks and lack of relationships. Completely out of touch with youth and while he has a great deal of experience with medications, I didn't find him easy to talk to and felt stressed during appointments trying to make myself heard. Made comments about how my depression and anxiety were caused by being overweight, which triggered my old patterns of disordered eating. Not up to date on treatments and current research. Not good for young people, especially not young women. He also inquired about my sexual orientation several times and asked me if I overate to stave off men. Interpreted my lack of makeup as not caring for myself as if it were on the same level as not washing my hair and wearing deodorant. Maybe a better fit for others, but not for me. Refused to explore other diagnoses for me... He's not the worst, but certainly there are better docs out there. He might need to retire soon because his age shows and not in a good way.
I began seeing Dr. Pecknold when I turned 18 while transferring from the youth sector to the adult sector at the hospital I was being followed by. I was already skeptical from the beginning, as I had a the dynamic duo of doctors while being treated as an adolescent but Dr. Pecknold has now increased my skepticism when meeting new psychiatrists. Right off the bat, I could we didn't connect, I was 18 and he was a much older man... Kinda hard to relate to someone when he's old enough to be your grandfather. Every session would start the same, he'd ask me how I was and me, not feeling comfortable enough to express my mental state and emotions would always respond the same way. That, I must admit was my fault, however that was my least frustrating issue. Being very literal, every time I left his office after my appointment was finished, he would forget who I was. The next week, I would go to see him again and he would have to skim through my file to read my diagnosis and my name... I'm serious, he would take my file off his desk to read the name if he forgot who I was mid-session. Not only that, he would ask me every time if I liked women (I do, by the way) --but none of the reasons I was there could have been resolved by my sexual orientation. If I was straight, homosexual, purple or a fire-breathing dragon, I'd still be depressed and I was. So I felt like who I was, as a person, was being overlooked and I felt like I was wasting my time trying to get help from someone who wasn't helping. I still decided to seek treatment with him but I was starting to see that my intuition was right. When I decided to ask for another therapist, he seemed greatly offended and made me feel bad, which only solidified why I didn't want to see him. He didn't refer me to anyone and had to get a referral through my doctor. Overall, he wasn't helpful, he was constantly late, I sometimes sat in the waiting room for upwards of 35 minutes and made me feel like my sexual orientation was the root of my problems, when it truly wasn't. I must admit though, he was very knowledgeable in finding the right combination of medications, which surprisingly, I still follow although while seeing a different, more supportive therapist.
Very Bad Experience !! After Treating my wife for several months. She attempted to commit suicide this Sunday. Those lowsy PILLZ... After This tragic event happening, she randomly happened to have a monthly visit booked with Dr.Pecknold at Douglas. So I joined her so we could try and pinpoint the problem (pills,if it would be up to me).Well Guess What folks !? He didn't allow me in the office while my wife was demanding my presence... This is BRAINWASHING tactics. After they were done. I learned he didn't want to see her anymore and gave her 1 year pillz IN HANDS .. Let me remind you she attempted suicide 2 days before... think about it !! Top of the top. I then confronted him asking how he could take such IRRESPONSIBLE decisions... his best answer, and believe it or not . MIDDLE FINGER UP ! I don't call that a qualified Physician... Thanks for reading. My wife is now starting a weaning very soon ! DONE WITH THESE PILLS and CONSTANT brainwashing
I wouldn't say that he is a bad psychiatrist as psychiatrists tend to be pretty iffy in my experience. I was just uncomfortable with him and unable to relate to him. I did not find him intuitive and I found near the end when I left the appointment I often felt worse than when I went it. I basically just kept going to get my meds prescribed, he wasn't helpful as a mentor or in a therapeutic sense at all. We just didn't click and I found he misunderstood me. Frequently late. The staff were generally very nice, good therapists, helpful secretaries.
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