Raafea F. Malik, MD

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This is just my opinion as a patient. Everyone has to find the doctor that works for them.
I began seeing her in May of 2007. After the birth of my second child, I had severe anxiety and depression. I was not able to care for myself or my children. She immediately started me on a mood stabilizer and said I was bi-polar based on my grandfather having bi-polar.
She also recommended that I enter a psychiatric hospital where she works. I was not having any feelings of hurting myself or anyone else. Her reasoning was that they could more effectively manage my medication and get the right dosage established. After speaking with my family and my therapist and researching post-partum depression and bi-polar, we decided that being away from my baby was not a good idea. While I was not well enough to care for my boys, I wanted to cuddle them and be near them and I was hysterical about not being with my newborn for his first weeks of life and being away from my 2 year old only 3 days after a new baby was brought into our home.
I felt as if she was thinking of what was easiest for her. If I was at the hospital, she and the other staff there could see me whenever and not have to schedule appointments at her regular office or deal with any phone calls or questions from my family or myself. I felt she was not at all considering my welfare as a mother who needed and wanted to hold and bond with my baby and hold and reassure my 2 year old son that he was still just as loved. I had family with me at my appointments with her. She knew that I was seeing a therapist and that I was never left alone with the kids. My mother in law had moved into our home and my mother and husband and sister had all made arrangements to be with me. I had just finished a high risk pregnancy in which I was not able to be left alone for 8 months so my family was completely able and used to helping out in shifts and staying for weeks at a time in turn. They each expressed to her that this was how it would continue to be done. So she had no reason based on my statements (not wanting to hurt anyone or myself), having children I wanted to be near and that were my only motivation to get up and do anything, and extensive support of family and friends and live in help.
I feel she had no regard for my family and was looking for what was easiest for her. She also never listened to how I was feeling. She immediately said I was bi-polar. It has been 2 years since that all began. I have been told by other doctors that I am not bi-polar. I have no mood swings (only depression) without the use of a mood stabilizer and my depression was worsened when I was on a mood stabilizer. I saw her for about 5 months and only felt worse. I am glad that I chose to change psychiatrists.
Again, this is my experience and I everyone has their own experiences.

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This is just my opinion as a patient. Everyone has to find the doctor that works for them.
I began seeing her in May of 2007. After the birth of my second child, I had severe anxiety and depression. I was not able to care for myself or my children. She immediately started me on a mood stabilizer and said I was bi-polar based on my grandfather having bi-polar.
She also recommended that I enter a psychiatric hospital where she works. I was not having any feelings of hurting myself or anyone else. Her reasoning was that they could more effectively manage my medication and get the right dosage established. After speaking with my family and my therapist and researching post-partum depression and bi-polar, we decided that being away from my baby was not a good idea. While I was not well enough to care for my boys, I wanted to cuddle them and be near them and I was hysterical about not being with my newborn for his first weeks of life and being away from my 2 year old only 3 days after a new baby was brought into our home.
I felt as if she was thinking of what was easiest for her. If I was at the hospital, she and the other staff there could see me whenever and not have to schedule appointments at her regular office or deal with any phone calls or questions from my family or myself. I felt she was not at all considering my welfare as a mother who needed and wanted to hold and bond with my baby and hold and reassure my 2 year old son that he was still just as loved. I had family with me at my appointments with her. She knew that I was seeing a therapist and that I was never left alone with the kids. My mother in law had moved into our home and my mother and husband and sister had all made arrangements to be with me. I had just finished a high risk pregnancy in which I was not able to be left alone for 8 months so my family was completely able and used to helping out in shifts and staying for weeks at a time in turn. They each expressed to her that this was how it would continue to be done. So she had no reason based on my statements (not wanting to hurt anyone or myself), having children I wanted to be near and that were my only motivation to get up and do anything, and extensive support of family and friends and live in help.
I feel she had no regard for my family and was looking for what was easiest for her. She also never listened to how I was feeling. She immediately said I was bi-polar. It has been 2 years since that all began. I have been told by other doctors that I am not bi-polar. I have no mood swings (only depression) without the use of a mood stabilizer and my depression was worsened when I was on a mood stabilizer. I saw her for about 5 months and only felt worse. I am glad that I chose to change psychiatrists.
Again, this is my experience and I everyone has their own experiences.

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Raafea F. Malik, MD Office Locations:

314-569-1717

763 South New Ballas Road

Saint Louis, MO, MO 63141

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314-843-4333

5000 Cedar Plaza Parkway

Saint Louis, MO, MO 63128

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