Ratings for Dr. David McManus
I've been seeing Dr. McManus for over a year now and I can honestly say that I think he saved my life (well, a combination of his helpful sessions, and success with my anti-depressants). He's completely non-judgemental, a great listener, and gives helpful advice and insight. He has helped me see and understand patterns in my behaviour and triggers, and he's helping me build my set of tools (responses) to overcome those triggers. For the first time in a long time, I'm happy and content and I wouldn't be here without his help. As for his secretary, I disagree 100% with anyone who says she's difficult and unhelpful. If you take some time to get to know her and treat her with respect, that's exactly how she treats you back. She has gone out of her way to reschedule me if I've needed to reschedule an appointment. And, when she has a break in her workload, she often takes the opportunity to have a quick chat. Honestly, I think she's been great. Scheduling appointments...sure, they only let you book a certain amount of time ahead. But, again, this isn't hugely problematic. It's a busy office and there's a reason for it. He's that good. Booking only two months ahead gives regular and new patients equal access and ability to get appointments. And when you're there, just pre-book you next appointment. Once you get into a pattern, it's easy to get your next appointment set. Long post, sorry. I've just seen negative posts on here and wanted to say that my experience with Doctor McManus and his staff couldn't be more positive.
Dr. McMannus is way too relaxed or doesn't care, take your pick. He pretty much lets the patient decide what meds he/she should be on and what the dose should be. When things are going horribly wrong he prefers to remain with the status quo and continue to let his patient remain unwell rather than be bothered to change the med because that would be too much work. He is NEVER available in an emergency, NEVER returns any calls no matter how serious the situation and basically provides NO SUPPORT outside of the 45 minutes he spends with the patient once every 8 weeks. He has the most God awful rudest secretary, who is plainly ignorant and mean. If you need an appmt monthly instead of every 2 months, you are supposed to phone her every month to book it. Is this not HER job??. I am fed up with the treatment received in this office and would not recommend this Dr to anyone. Looking for a new one at the moment.
I have been Dr. McManus patient over 16 years.... he is the kind man... very good listener and has good heart..... he saved me after I was so down after my heart problem and seizures.... will not see anybody else..... thank you Dr. McManus.... how is your family??? sincerely M.K.
I've read the reviews and must say that I agree with most. DR McManus is a good listener, he knows his stuff. Unfortunately, his receptionist is in need of his care. She does not acknowledge patients as they arrive, nor does she acknowledge them when spoken to. I asked many times for my records which she refused to give me and so I finally called The College to see if I was in fact within my right to obtain the records and was reassured I was. So I asked the College to please phone and explain this (to this difficult and oppositional woman). They did. THIS put the doctor on defence and he berated me for "alerting the college to his office". He told me "I can't have it both ways". He went ballistic. As I left his office in an extreme breakdown for the fallout from having stuck up for myself and setting healthy boundaries I knew it was the last time I would receive such quality care from a good doctor. It's surprising that he protects her so passionately given the way she treats people. I've never met such an unkind person, obviously in need of therapeutic care. Poor dr McManus, just doesn't have the balls to deal with such a bully. I'm guessing.
Most of my visits with Dr. McManus lead me to connect with a truth about myself that was just beyond my reach, or with the inspiration to do better for myself. He listens and has wonderful insight. I think we've found as good a balance of meds as we will together, and the infrequent appointments mostly work for me, except that I struggle to keep track of them. I'd give anything for automated e-mail or text reminders on the week of. The receptionist makes me uncomfortable, but she seems to be good at the whole paper scheduling thing...
Dr. McManus is such an excellent psychiatrist. I have been seeing him for about 5 years now and I feel like every time we speak I learn a little more about myself. He is very patient and understanding and not judgmental, I feel like I can speak to him about anything. The only difficult things are that it is hard to get appointments with him and he books up very quickly. His receptionist is also a tough nut to crack, but after a while she softens up. I would recommend him to anyone with a mental illness in a heartbeat.
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