Our current psychiatrist has me very frustrated. I have been trying to reach him since Libby was admitted and finally talked to him today. He was so flippant! I found myself gritting my teeth while talking to him. The therapist has warned me while Libby was inpatient and he is new. I had to remind myself to not alienate him and to be grateful for him calling me back.
We’ve stopped her Lexapro and he says to give it five days to see how it does. If her symptoms don’t go away, we’ll have to wean her off the Risperidone to eliminate meds a possible contributing factor to her symptoms and heart murmur. I’m not as concerned about the Risperidone because she’s never had side effects from it and was taking it for the last six months. I’m also getting her evaluated by a child cardiologist. There is a history of heart problems on my family’s side so it’s not outside the realm of possibility. Unfortunately, because she has no prior history of a murmur in her entire life, we have to assume the meds are the culprit for the time being.
So my questions are these: How do I work with someone that I already think is a fool? He tried to diagnose her as bipolar without hardly evaluating her at all and has not paid any attention to my information about her symptoms, which as her mother I believe is critical to her care. Am I crazy for thinking he should be listening to me and seeking information from me as well as her? I want to find a better specialist and want to get it right - how did you find your medical team? I’m currently with the Baylor system locally but Austin isn’t too far away and I understand they have a much stronger medical community there than our area which is about 15 years behind.