Ulla K. Laakso, MD

★★☆☆☆

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I will copy and paste this message on as many review sites on this woman as I can: IF YOU WANT TO BE DIAGNOSED AS BIPOLAR, SEE HER. B/c that's what you have. no matter what your situation is. Every single review you read on her pushing the "bipolar" diagnosis on you is true. She's huge on depakote. Once she handed me a flyer telling "bipolar" people (and remember, you are bipolar to her) they must be in bed by 10 and up at 6 a.m. or else she "cannot get you better." She will tell you that you cannot be in psychodynamic psychotherapy-- "That is for neurotic people, NOT bipolar (points at you) people. And I will be happy to straighten out any therapist who thinks otherwise." If you disagree with her, she will tell you, "You see, you ARE bipolar, or else you wouldn't be this argumentative." A friend of mine said to me, "Ha, you should have said to her, 'Then are you bipolar, because you're arguing with me too!" lol I knew someone who fired her, and in response Dr. Laakso rapidly started pulling out business cards of colleagues who will tell her that they would agree she's bipolar. "I give conferences, I'm a specialist on bipolar." When I think back to my experience with her, it's almost HILARIOUS. So I was taking meds for "bipolar" which gave me terrible side effects and weight gain. Saw her for several years. I believed her, that I was bipolar. After I wised up and left her, and the therapists I saw after her and new psychiatrist told me straight out "What! You're not bipolar!" and basically laughed at the bipolar thing, I read in a review she was now telling "bipolar" patients to go to bed at 8 and wake up at 3 a.m. LOL Seriously???? She is awful, has been sued for malpractice, and has been given a bad reputation in a very well-known mood disorders support group organization/association in NY. RUN, RUN, RUN, RUN! Here and there, you might see a positive report on her. I'm sure she's good for some people, some situations. But for the most part, RUN. Many people have wanted her license revoked. Anyway, I went off her precious depakote and seroquel and topomax and lamictal and am just FINE. lol I just take medication for some depression; I don't even have a full-blown depressive disorder. Please stay away from her.

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I will copy and paste this message on as many review sites on this woman as I can: IF YOU WANT TO BE DIAGNOSED AS BIPOLAR, SEE HER. B/c that's what you have. no matter what your situation is. Every single review you read on her pushing the "bipolar" diagnosis on you is true. She's huge on depakote. Once she handed me a flyer telling "bipolar" people (and remember, you are bipolar to her) they must be in bed by 10 and up at 6 a.m. or else she "cannot get you better." She will tell you that you cannot be in psychodynamic psychotherapy-- "That is for neurotic people, NOT bipolar (points at you) people. And I will be happy to straighten out any therapist who thinks otherwise." If you disagree with her, she will tell you, "You see, you ARE bipolar, or else you wouldn't be this argumentative." A friend of mine said to me, "Ha, you should have said to her, 'Then are you bipolar, because you're arguing with me too!" lol I knew someone who fired her, and in response Dr. Laakso rapidly started pulling out business cards of colleagues who will tell her that they would agree she's bipolar. "I give conferences, I'm a specialist on bipolar." When I think back to my experience with her, it's almost HILARIOUS. So I was taking meds for "bipolar" which gave me terrible side effects and weight gain. Saw her for several years. I believed her, that I was bipolar. After I wised up and left her, and the therapists I saw after her and new psychiatrist told me straight out "What! You're not bipolar!" and basically laughed at the bipolar thing, I read in a review she was now telling "bipolar" patients to go to bed at 8 and wake up at 3 a.m. LOL Seriously???? She is awful, has been sued for malpractice, and has been given a bad reputation in a very well-known mood disorders support group organization/association in NY. RUN, RUN, RUN, RUN! Here and there, you might see a positive report on her. I'm sure she's good for some people, some situations. But for the most part, RUN. Many people have wanted her license revoked. Anyway, I went off her precious depakote and seroquel and topomax and lamictal and am just FINE. lol I just take medication for some depression; I don't even have a full-blown depressive disorder. Please stay away from her.

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The best thing I can say about Dr. L is "convenient". However right off it becomes apparent that she is all about churning the "little people" through her office as many as possible as fast as possible. Do yourself a favor and read all of the reviews. They are all "spot-on" and reflect the same experience that I had - she is a cold, luxury goods worshipping machine that will not allow you to question her on anything. Do not even try to "make nice". You will be left hanging. Case in point....she doesn't even try to remember your name, even when it's in front of her on the paperwork. She hands you the prescription paper and asks you to "FILL IN YOUR OWN NAME" on the prescription sheet. This was a first for me. Of course don't even think about an extended prescription of common routine medication. She's glad to see you in person ($$$$) and she'll write any and all short term prescriptions, but only in her office and only if you come as maximally often as she can charge the insurance companies (this is the feeling a lot of us are getting). A need for basic humanity had me looking elsewhere.

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The best thing I can say about Dr. L is "convenient". However right off it becomes apparent that she is all about churning the "little people" through her office as many as possible as fast as possible. Do yourself a favor and read all of the reviews. They are all "spot-on" and reflect the same experience that I had - she is a cold, luxury goods worshipping machine that will not allow you to question her on anything. Do not even try to "make nice". You will be left hanging. Case in point....she doesn't even try to remember your name, even when it's in front of her on the paperwork. She hands you the prescription paper and asks you to "FILL IN YOUR OWN NAME" on the prescription sheet. This was a first for me. Of course don't even think about an extended prescription of common routine medication. She's glad to see you in person ($$$$) and she'll write any and all short term prescriptions, but only in her office and only if you come as maximally often as she can charge the insurance companies (this is the feeling a lot of us are getting). A need for basic humanity had me looking elsewhere.

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Where do I begin? not everyone is Bi-Polar but Dr Laakso thinks so, she prescibes meds like candy, the most uncaring Dr I have ever met, she does not listen to the patients concerns, but some of the most gorgeous offices I have seen, if this is what matters to you, she only prescribes meds and doesnt listen or care about a thing you have to say, the worst experience of my life and the drugs she prescribes are mostly new, guess she is in with the pharmacuticals co's. DREADFUL and SCARY experience

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Where do I begin? not everyone is Bi-Polar but Dr Laakso thinks so, she prescibes meds like candy, the most uncaring Dr I have ever met, she does not listen to the patients concerns, but some of the most gorgeous offices I have seen, if this is what matters to you, she only prescribes meds and doesnt listen or care about a thing you have to say, the worst experience of my life and the drugs she prescribes are mostly new, guess she is in with the pharmacuticals co's. DREADFUL and SCARY experience

Pros: YOUR BI-BOLAR EVEN IF YOUR NOT

Cons: INSENSITIVE, UNCARING

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Dr. Laakso is skilled at finding the medication that works best for a patient. However, for patients that are stable, she still requires an office visit for each prescription citing NY State Law. However, NY State Law does not require a visit for each prescription and also permits the mailing of prescription (see NY State Health Publication # 1477). Dr. Laakso won't do the latter either.

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★★★☆☆

Dr. Laakso is skilled at finding the medication that works best for a patient. However, for patients that are stable, she still requires an office visit for each prescription citing NY State Law. However, NY State Law does not require a visit for each prescription and also permits the mailing of prescription (see NY State Health Publication # 1477). Dr. Laakso won't do the latter either.

Pros: Dedicated to finding medications that work best for patient

Cons: Requires office visit for each prescription

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So I was a patient of Dr. Laakso for two years. Right from the beginning she insisted I was bi-polar. She is the only doctor who has ever diagnosed me as such, and I've had easily a dozen other doctors diagnose me as having clinical depression with no trace of dipolar disorder. Looking at her office you see that it's more of a factory geared toward bi-polar "treatment." If you don't happen to be bi-polar... well, you are now!

So I resisted taking the bi-polar meds for a long time, but after a while I went in another major depressive episode and decided that I'd at least give Dr. Laakso the chance to prove me wrong. We tried various meds for bipolar, and they didn't work.

Ultimately I ended up having an acute crisis in which I was convinced that it was my destiny to commit suicide. I'm sitting in her office, literally crying, after having told her that I've been seriously thinking about suicide and can I PLEASE go back on the meds that at least worked a little. She argued with me, then eventually wrote a prescription for my old meds (at ONE QUARTER the dosage I needed) and stormed out of the office.

What kind of doctor walks out on a crying patient who has stated that he is contemplating suicide?

This doctor should be stripped of her license to practice, at the very least.

Stay away from her if you are looking for real treatment.

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★☆☆☆☆

So I was a patient of Dr. Laakso for two years. Right from the beginning she insisted I was bi-polar. She is the only doctor who has ever diagnosed me as such, and I've had easily a dozen other doctors diagnose me as having clinical depression with no trace of dipolar disorder. Looking at her office you see that it's more of a factory geared toward bi-polar "treatment." If you don't happen to be bi-polar... well, you are now!

So I resisted taking the bi-polar meds for a long time, but after a while I went in another major depressive episode and decided that I'd at least give Dr. Laakso the chance to prove me wrong. We tried various meds for bipolar, and they didn't work.

Ultimately I ended up having an acute crisis in which I was convinced that it was my destiny to commit suicide. I'm sitting in her office, literally crying, after having told her that I've been seriously thinking about suicide and can I PLEASE go back on the meds that at least worked a little. She argued with me, then eventually wrote a prescription for my old meds (at ONE QUARTER the dosage I needed) and stormed out of the office.

What kind of doctor walks out on a crying patient who has stated that he is contemplating suicide?

This doctor should be stripped of her license to practice, at the very least.

Stay away from her if you are looking for real treatment.

Pros: You don't have to wait long.

Cons: She will misdiagnose you and abandon you in a crisis

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I have been seeing Dr. Laakso for several years and have found her to be very pleasant, knowledgeable, and professional. While I was pregnant, we discussed weaning me off of lexapro and she indicated that it was actually very effective at small doses. I went from a dose of 30 mg (prescribed by a past doctor) to 5mg. I have now had the baby and am back on 10 mg. She never pushed high doses of medication or any medication really. I did have to watch the bipolar video which many reviewers mentioned on my first visit. I am not bipolar, and she never tried to push that diagnosis on me. Our appointments are very fast but she is not my therapist, therefore I never expected to sit there for a long time. I have also had colleages see her who have had nothing but positive experiences.

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★★★★☆

I have been seeing Dr. Laakso for several years and have found her to be very pleasant, knowledgeable, and professional. While I was pregnant, we discussed weaning me off of lexapro and she indicated that it was actually very effective at small doses. I went from a dose of 30 mg (prescribed by a past doctor) to 5mg. I have now had the baby and am back on 10 mg. She never pushed high doses of medication or any medication really. I did have to watch the bipolar video which many reviewers mentioned on my first visit. I am not bipolar, and she never tried to push that diagnosis on me. Our appointments are very fast but she is not my therapist, therefore I never expected to sit there for a long time. I have also had colleages see her who have had nothing but positive experiences.

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I saw Dr. Laakso in Jan 08 to get help weaning off Zoloft & avoid SSRI discontinuation symptoms. Her diagnostic approach is very formulaic and definitely geared towards a bi-polar diagnosis (although, she also did mention ADHD but that was in relation to children she treats). Yes, everything and everyone is very well organized and she is impeccably dressed, but I had the same experience as the previous reviewer.The patient is only a piece passing through this well oiled machinery (Chaplin's movie Modern Times comes to mind). She met with me to take my medical/psych history and told me to please answer her questions with either "yes" or "no" (if life only required "yes" or "no" answers we all would be in really good shape). After meeting with her, I was brought to a small room where I watched a video of appr. 5 different bi-polar patients describing their symptoms and had to jot down those statements that I felt resonated with me. Then I met with her again, and she told me that getting off Zoloft would take about 9 months (I had been on it for 4 months at the time). But, I could speed things up if I were to take Depakote!!! In the moment, I agreed and she handed me a pre-printed sheet of paper entiteled "Depakote" where she plugged in the dosing schedule that she deemed appropriate for me. There were a couple of other things that made me feel very uneasy. I went to a different psychiatrist and weaned of Zoloft in 6-8 weeks, there were a couple of weeks that were rough but now it has been 2 months after my last Zoloft dosage and I am fine. Bottom line, I never had bi-polar, I had mild depression and my primary complaint is anxiety disorder. I shudder to think what shape I would be in now had I followed her treatment plan. I am so glad I followed my instincts and went for a second opinion. Don't let the glitzy facade and the well organized way in which the office is run distract you.Pay attention to how you as the patient - the person are being treated.

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★☆☆☆☆

I saw Dr. Laakso in Jan 08 to get help weaning off Zoloft & avoid SSRI discontinuation symptoms. Her diagnostic approach is very formulaic and definitely geared towards a bi-polar diagnosis (although, she also did mention ADHD but that was in relation to children she treats). Yes, everything and everyone is very well organized and she is impeccably dressed, but I had the same experience as the previous reviewer.The patient is only a piece passing through this well oiled machinery (Chaplin's movie Modern Times comes to mind). She met with me to take my medical/psych history and told me to please answer her questions with either "yes" or "no" (if life only required "yes" or "no" answers we all would be in really good shape). After meeting with her, I was brought to a small room where I watched a video of appr. 5 different bi-polar patients describing their symptoms and had to jot down those statements that I felt resonated with me. Then I met with her again, and she told me that getting off Zoloft would take about 9 months (I had been on it for 4 months at the time). But, I could speed things up if I were to take Depakote!!! In the moment, I agreed and she handed me a pre-printed sheet of paper entiteled "Depakote" where she plugged in the dosing schedule that she deemed appropriate for me. There were a couple of other things that made me feel very uneasy. I went to a different psychiatrist and weaned of Zoloft in 6-8 weeks, there were a couple of weeks that were rough but now it has been 2 months after my last Zoloft dosage and I am fine. Bottom line, I never had bi-polar, I had mild depression and my primary complaint is anxiety disorder. I shudder to think what shape I would be in now had I followed her treatment plan. I am so glad I followed my instincts and went for a second opinion. Don't let the glitzy facade and the well organized way in which the office is run distract you.Pay attention to how you as the patient - the person are being treated.

Pros: Nice ambience

Cons: Very rigid diagnostic approach, patronizing at times

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Ulla Laakso has been reviewed by many of her former patients on the ratemds website. Like many of the other patients on the Rate Your Doctor site she diagnosed me with bipolar disorder and prescribed Depokote. Since I?d taken Zoloft and Paxil in the past (both of which I?d had good results with) I was surprised by her conclusion. When I asked her why she felt I was bipolar she told me that I was the patient and she was the doctor and it was her job to ask the questions? Since I didn?t think I?d done anything to overstep my bounds I went with a different psychiatrist. It?s been a few years since I?ve seen her but after reading the reviews on the Rate Your Doctor website I wanted to make sure readers here new there were other opinions about her too.

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★☆☆☆☆

Ulla Laakso has been reviewed by many of her former patients on the ratemds website. Like many of the other patients on the Rate Your Doctor site she diagnosed me with bipolar disorder and prescribed Depokote. Since I?d taken Zoloft and Paxil in the past (both of which I?d had good results with) I was surprised by her conclusion. When I asked her why she felt I was bipolar she told me that I was the patient and she was the doctor and it was her job to ask the questions? Since I didn?t think I?d done anything to overstep my bounds I went with a different psychiatrist. It?s been a few years since I?ve seen her but after reading the reviews on the Rate Your Doctor website I wanted to make sure readers here new there were other opinions about her too.

Cons: I felt that she diagnosed me without listening

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Dr. Laakso (Ulla) is a wonderful German or Austrian doctor with great taste in clothes and a knack for finding the perfect combination of Meds to help with whatever mental illness you may be struggling with. I've been with her for four years and really trust her. Her one quirk is that she WILL repeatedly suggest that you go to bed each night at 9:00PM and wake at 5:00AM. I mean who can realistically do that?

The problem is the woman who work at her front desk. She's a total bully - a grumpy woman with a chip on her sholder. Calling to change an appointment? running late? need a refill? You have to deal with her and she makes things as difficult as possible! It is a bigger problem than it might seem. I always dreaded having to call, and now I'm just going to look for a new psychopharacologist (sp?). After all, this is an office that caters to people with mental illness. You'd think they's at least hire somebody nice.

(In addition to this front desk woman, the customer service at Dr. Lakkso's office is pretty poor in general. For example you can't leave a message after hours with appointment changes or questions - very frustrating)

The bottom line is that this sort of office should make you feel better and improve your health - not make you afraid to call!!

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★★☆☆☆

Dr. Laakso (Ulla) is a wonderful German or Austrian doctor with great taste in clothes and a knack for finding the perfect combination of Meds to help with whatever mental illness you may be struggling with. I've been with her for four years and really trust her. Her one quirk is that she WILL repeatedly suggest that you go to bed each night at 9:00PM and wake at 5:00AM. I mean who can realistically do that?

The problem is the woman who work at her front desk. She's a total bully - a grumpy woman with a chip on her sholder. Calling to change an appointment? running late? need a refill? You have to deal with her and she makes things as difficult as possible! It is a bigger problem than it might seem. I always dreaded having to call, and now I'm just going to look for a new psychopharacologist (sp?). After all, this is an office that caters to people with mental illness. You'd think they's at least hire somebody nice.

(In addition to this front desk woman, the customer service at Dr. Lakkso's office is pretty poor in general. For example you can't leave a message after hours with appointment changes or questions - very frustrating)

The bottom line is that this sort of office should make you feel better and improve your health - not make you afraid to call!!

Pros: Great Doctor!

Cons: Really, really, uncaring staff!!!!

 

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