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I have been treated with various medicines for years trying to combat bi-polar disorder. The ECT from Dr. Goodman has been my first real win in this long battle. It as though I have been given my life back.
When many doctors would've given up on me, Dr. Goodman continues to go the extra mile. Dealing with mental illness is a road I never thought I'd go down. Clinical depression has invaded my world! I've seen dozens of doctors, have had years of treatment, and am a complicated case. I began ECT when every other option I'd tried had failed. ECT gave me glimmers of normalcy. The side effects of ECT (memory loss mainly) were taking their toll on me. I looked into options. TMS was the best option I could find. I was fortunate to be one of the first TMS patients at Sutter Psych. It has without a doubt, given me my life back. Because TMS is so relatively new, insurance continuously has to be challenged to pay. So frustrating...for me and for Dr. Goodman...yet he has fought for my care, and continues to do so. I'm not just another face or number to him. I'm a person...a person who he sees has a life, personality, and purpose beyond depression! This is huge! I can only imagine what it must be like to see people dealing with depression all day long, every single day....yet...I am an individual...one that is cared about. His knowledge, generosity, and time is more than appreciated by me! It's a tough road. I'm so grateful to have a doctor who is willing to go above and beyond so I can live the healthiest life possible...very, very grateful!
I wish I could echo the ratings of these previous patients. My daughter has suffered from clinical depression as well as OCD and severe anxiety for more then 5 years. After years of not responding to drugs, it was with great trepidation she chose ECT. She has now been under Dr. Goodman's care for several weeks and while we didn't expect miracles, we did expect a personal and caring relationship with him. He obviously knows what he is doing as it relates to the science of his field, however I find him to be lacking in the most rudimentary people skills. I find him to be impatient and often dismissive, with a take it or leave it attitude. This coupled with the seemingly in ability for anyone to schedule a reasonable amount of time for procedures causes an average of two to five hours waiting for your appointment. My personal experience leaves me unable to give he and his staff more then a C- rating at best..
I have only praise for Dr. Goodman, his staff, and Sutter Psychiatric. Before him, I suffered from major depression for over 20 yrs. I had gone through all medicines, & combinations. They would help for awhile, & then the bottom would fall out & I was back in the hospital, feeling suicidal. Medications did not sustain me. Dr. Goodman was always encouraging, kind and caring. He took whatever time I needed to talk before ECT. He always remembered me and personalized the discussion prior to ECT. After several treatments & finding a medication, my depression began to lift. Hospitalization decreased and my life became liveable again. No words can express the joy of having my life given back to me. Dr. Goodman and ECT were two things I grabbed onto in the dark pit of depression. They helped me to climb out of that pit into the light of life again. Dr. Goodman is not only very proficient with ECT, but he is one of the best men I have ever known. I will always consider him my Dr. and friend.
I had Dr Goodman give me ECT treatment in 2003. I have been a productive individual since then. I am still working at the sime job as engineer. The first 4 years were tough because of my loss of memory. Now, I am enjoying myself and I am reading any time I get. I also rest when things get tough. I am craving for balance in my life every day. I havent changed my medicine in 10 years. I had to cut down to some of his prescriptions but I did it is small amounts and lowered it every six month until I felt that I was still feeling good. I am not adivising this to anybody. You do what you feel you should do. I am doing very well and the people who know about this almost forgot of what i have been through. My family is very supportive and I have a lot of friends. I pray every day that I will feel good as I feel today.Good luck to all of us. My husband has been though everything with me. He Still is. ingrid stewart
I have been seeing Dr. Goodman for over 3 years and have always found him to be thorough and knowledgeable. He takes time to answer all my questions. His 'bedside' manner is supurb. My wife always joins me for the start of my treatment (ECT)and he answers her questions and concerns as well and has always returned our calls in a timely manner. A few times I have had a psychiatric incident when the office was closed - same responsive service. He got back to be as soon as the office opened again or an on-call doctor contacted me. Prior to receiving treatment from Dr. Goodman, I was being hospitalized every several months. Since I started my treatments with Dr. Goodman over 3 years ago, I have not been hospitalized. I have my life back and have the utmost confidence in his treament and care of my condition. We have never heard anything negative from any of his patients - only gratitude.
Dr. Goodman has been the best doctor I've had, and has helped me so much with my chronic pain disease with ECT. I would have been in a wheelchair without him. He is professional, kind, and relates to patients well.
My husband has been under Dr. Goodman's care for 7 yrs both as an inpatient and outpatient. Dr. Dr.Goodman and I have had many conversations regarding ECT for my husband. After research and consulting family members in the Medical Field, I felt it was the best plan to try ECT as a way to turn around the Bipolar problems, my husband had been suffering from. Dr. Goodman and I have established a positive relationship with the care of my husband. Dr.Goodman explains the medication and care plan with me, and has made himself available for any problems my husband is having. We are fortunate in the fact that my husband is responding to the treatment and the careful handling of medications. I would certainly recommend Dr. Goodman and ECT under his skillful hands and knowledge of the latest medical treatment for Bipolar patients. Gloria Thomas
I'm 19 years old and have been suffering from depression for the majority of my life. I've been hospitalized three times within the past year alone and have been on too many drugs to count. I've also suffered from bulimia and anorexia since I was 14 and have been in residential treatment programs for that as well. Nothing I'd been doing seemed to help with either the depression or the eating disorder, at least not until I tried ECT. ECT has been an absolute life-saver. Within the first few treatments my depression began to turn around like I never could of imagined it would. Not only has my depression gotten better but I've made tremendous progress on my eating disorder. If it weren't for ECT I don't think I could have recovered from my eating disorder. I have experienced some memory loss, but compared to what I was dealing with the memory loss is the least of my concerns. If you're experiencing severe, treatment-resistant depression I would definitely consider ECT and Dr. Goodman.
My husband was a patient of Dr. Goodman's for 14 months. We were extremely scared of doing ECT but medicine was not working for my husband's deep depression. Dr. Goodman listened to our concerns and offered us hope. We had no idea how truly helpful these treatments would be. We started seeing results around the 9th or 10th treatment and it was all continually better after that. Bill did suffer from some memory loss but he was feeling so much better we didn't care. We got our lives back and I truly felt it was a miracle. Bill and I know that if the depression should ever come back, we would not hesitate to go back to ECT immediately. Dr. Goodman was always available to answer our questions and to put us at ease if we had any concerns. We did have plenty of long waits for our appointments, but my husband feeling better and getting back to normal, far out weighed the waiting time. I would be happy to talk to anyone who is having trouble deciding on whether to do ECT. Maureen Storey
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