Walter G. Griffith Jr, MD

★★★☆☆
  • 5565 Drive Martin Luther King Jr Street North

    Saint Petersburg, FL 33703

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  • 727-577-1203

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This man is the most egotistical doctor I have ever seen. He is well-educated, as all of the other reviews say, but anyone who has had the pleasure of sitting in his office waiting for his royal majesty to allow you the privilege of his presence, usually after at least 30 to 60 minutes of waiting, is sorely disappointed in his minute or two of time that he allows you with him. He is arrogant and condescending usually with a flippant attitude. He is more interested in his weight-loss business, I believe, because I am sure it makes him more money. I don't believe any of these positive reviews come from real people but only from him or his allies or family that would put something in writing to his benefit. I guess with all the medicines he puts you on, though, that some people might be so high on the benzodiazepines, mood stabilizers, antidepressants, et cetera, that one of them might have inadvertently written something in his favor. Steer clear of this doctor. Beautiful office decorated by his wife, but it's not worth it. He had me on several different medications for six years only for me to find out from another psychiatrist that he had misdiagnosed me. His replacement literally banged his head against the wall when he found out the meds that this so-called doctor had put me on because they were so entirely off-base with what I really needed. I am so happy that I am no longer having dealings with dear, dr. g. And his staff over the years has been one joke after another, bumbling idiots.

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This man is the most egotistical doctor I have ever seen. He is well-educated, as all of the other reviews say, but anyone who has had the pleasure of sitting in his office waiting for his royal majesty to allow you the privilege of his presence, usually after at least 30 to 60 minutes of waiting, is sorely disappointed in his minute or two of time that he allows you with him. He is arrogant and condescending usually with a flippant attitude. He is more interested in his weight-loss business, I believe, because I am sure it makes him more money. I don't believe any of these positive reviews come from real people but only from him or his allies or family that would put something in writing to his benefit. I guess with all the medicines he puts you on, though, that some people might be so high on the benzodiazepines, mood stabilizers, antidepressants, et cetera, that one of them might have inadvertently written something in his favor. Steer clear of this doctor. Beautiful office decorated by his wife, but it's not worth it. He had me on several different medications for six years only for me to find out from another psychiatrist that he had misdiagnosed me. His replacement literally banged his head against the wall when he found out the meds that this so-called doctor had put me on because they were so entirely off-base with what I really needed. I am so happy that I am no longer having dealings with dear, dr. g. And his staff over the years has been one joke after another, bumbling idiots.

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This dr was recommended to me about 2 yrs ago from my primary dr who had only seen him speak - I have PSTD, Depression, Bipolar, Anxiety, Stress and Migraines - due to Bipolar ended up in about 70,000 debt - my theraist believes i should be on disability, my husband believes i should be on disability, my friends think i should be on disability - i have not had one job withing last 6 years that i have not immediatley gone on fmla after one yr based on stress - primary dr signs off as Griffith will not - I am on Relpax for migraines, buspar for anxiety, wellbutin sr for depression, lamictal for bipolar, and 4mg a xanax for panic attacts and I also have PTSD(and keep in mind i am driving with this - several accidents) yet this man claims he will not support me in any type of ssi or disability claim - my primary dr told me a substitute should have been given to me for all these medications as after being on them for over 10 years, it is like eating chocolate - even if i am not having a panic attack, i have to take at least one xanax a day to keep my hands from shaking - primary dr told me it would take him a little over two yrs to safely withdraw me - I am actively seeking someone who accepts my insurance and listens to what i am saying - after telling me he would not support me in any disability, then told his secretary he wanted to see me in one mnth versus 3 - why?? He does not listen to me and apparantly cannot see or hear that i am on the brink of a nervous breakdown - I cannot switch desks at work without having a panic attack and he thinks this is normal??? I have only ever worked in call centers which is one of the most stressful jobs there is, am 53 with no money or energy to try to learn something else - recently swiched jobs and could not even get thru training.........if you truely want help and need someone to listen to you and cares enuf to help you get on with your life, be it on disabiility or not, do NOT go to this man - ironically, if you look up the top categories that are approved for disability, they are migraines, post traumatic stress disorder, bipolar, depression and axniety - I have all of them yet he claims i am not a candidate for disability - there must be ssomething in this for him - like maybe if you are on disability, you won't be seeing him as much and he will lose out on some money.......

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This dr was recommended to me about 2 yrs ago from my primary dr who had only seen him speak - I have PSTD, Depression, Bipolar, Anxiety, Stress and Migraines - due to Bipolar ended up in about 70,000 debt - my theraist believes i should be on disability, my husband believes i should be on disability, my friends think i should be on disability - i have not had one job withing last 6 years that i have not immediatley gone on fmla after one yr based on stress - primary dr signs off as Griffith will not - I am on Relpax for migraines, buspar for anxiety, wellbutin sr for depression, lamictal for bipolar, and 4mg a xanax for panic attacts and I also have PTSD(and keep in mind i am driving with this - several accidents) yet this man claims he will not support me in any type of ssi or disability claim - my primary dr told me a substitute should have been given to me for all these medications as after being on them for over 10 years, it is like eating chocolate - even if i am not having a panic attack, i have to take at least one xanax a day to keep my hands from shaking - primary dr told me it would take him a little over two yrs to safely withdraw me - I am actively seeking someone who accepts my insurance and listens to what i am saying - after telling me he would not support me in any disability, then told his secretary he wanted to see me in one mnth versus 3 - why?? He does not listen to me and apparantly cannot see or hear that i am on the brink of a nervous breakdown - I cannot switch desks at work without having a panic attack and he thinks this is normal??? I have only ever worked in call centers which is one of the most stressful jobs there is, am 53 with no money or energy to try to learn something else - recently swiched jobs and could not even get thru training.........if you truely want help and need someone to listen to you and cares enuf to help you get on with your life, be it on disabiility or not, do NOT go to this man - ironically, if you look up the top categories that are approved for disability, they are migraines, post traumatic stress disorder, bipolar, depression and axniety - I have all of them yet he claims i am not a candidate for disability - there must be ssomething in this for him - like maybe if you are on disability, you won't be seeing him as much and he will lose out on some money.......

Pros: what pros - late dr and rude staff

Cons: does not listen to you or if so, is just pretending

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Nice Beard...That is all...If you need real medical help go to someone else...

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★☆☆☆☆

Nice Beard...That is all...If you need real medical help go to someone else...

Pros: Nice Beard

Cons: Read Below

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I guarantee that the people in the office are better than when I started with him 11 years for anxiety, depression and adult ADD. (I'm 59, by the way) Every time I went in, there was someone new at the desk. I thought he was great back then, too. My husband always thought he was a slick quack. A few months ago, I went to him about being put in a new job, that was the worst possible job for my anxiety and ADD. His answer to that was a new antidepressant...Pristiq, a cousin of Effexor. Since not taking Effexor caused strange neurological symptoms, I put off starting the Pistiq and missed my appt. one month after I was to start Pristiq. When I called this past Monday for another appt, I was told he had terminated. I am also trying to gather medical evidence that this new job is not the right working environment for my symptoms under the Am with Disab Act , but now I have no one. I have called other shrinks in St. Pete, but no one takes BC/BS PPO ins. anymore. He did have to pay a fine to my BC/BS ins. this year because his wife submitted a form concerning my treatment, to my ins. company too late. I'm sure that ticked him off....HONESTY, I do not think he realizes who I am. But even if he would take me back, I would tell him where to stick his obvious arrogance. All of us helped him buy that yellow Hummer and pay for his daughter to go to college at SMU. My best wishes to all of you, but watch you backs!

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★☆☆☆☆

I guarantee that the people in the office are better than when I started with him 11 years for anxiety, depression and adult ADD. (I'm 59, by the way) Every time I went in, there was someone new at the desk. I thought he was great back then, too. My husband always thought he was a slick quack. A few months ago, I went to him about being put in a new job, that was the worst possible job for my anxiety and ADD. His answer to that was a new antidepressant...Pristiq, a cousin of Effexor. Since not taking Effexor caused strange neurological symptoms, I put off starting the Pistiq and missed my appt. one month after I was to start Pristiq. When I called this past Monday for another appt, I was told he had terminated. I am also trying to gather medical evidence that this new job is not the right working environment for my symptoms under the Am with Disab Act , but now I have no one. I have called other shrinks in St. Pete, but no one takes BC/BS PPO ins. anymore. He did have to pay a fine to my BC/BS ins. this year because his wife submitted a form concerning my treatment, to my ins. company too late. I'm sure that ticked him off....HONESTY, I do not think he realizes who I am. But even if he would take me back, I would tell him where to stick his obvious arrogance. All of us helped him buy that yellow Hummer and pay for his daughter to go to college at SMU. My best wishes to all of you, but watch you backs!

Pros: Trying to think-oh, he's cute

Cons: read below

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I saw Dr. Griffith for several years, up until just recently when he stopped accepting my insurance. He was always very helpful and personable, and I always felt comfortable talking with him. It's obvious that he's brilliant, but I never felt like he was talking down to me or being condescending. In fact, I always felt like I was being allowed to participate in my own treatment and that my input was valued. I would strongly recommend him as a psychiatrist.

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★★★★★

I saw Dr. Griffith for several years, up until just recently when he stopped accepting my insurance. He was always very helpful and personable, and I always felt comfortable talking with him. It's obvious that he's brilliant, but I never felt like he was talking down to me or being condescending. In fact, I always felt like I was being allowed to participate in my own treatment and that my input was valued. I would strongly recommend him as a psychiatrist.

Pros: Doctor's professionalism, peaceful office setting

Cons: office staff doesn't always return calls the first time

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Dr. Griffith is, without exception, the best Dr. I have ever been to - anywhere!! He is very professional, compassionate and caring. He either has a remarkable memory or reviews personal notes before calling and inquires about the entire family, by name, every time I talk with him. He himself calls to follow-up to our conversations. As with any doctor's office, I may have to wait a few minutes for an appointment but I know that's because he's giving someone else all the time that he/she needs, just as he does for me at every visit. I have never been rushed at an appointment. Other reviews have expressed dissatisfaction with his office staff. Did you ever mention that to him?? I had a problem one time with an office member and Dr. Griffith called me that day for the details, apologized and said it would be taken care of immediately - and it was. Please don't express any negatives about this truly wonderful Dr. If you have a problem, bring it to his attention and it will be corrected. Give him every consideration you expect of him and you will not be disappointed. There is none better!

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★★★★★

Dr. Griffith is, without exception, the best Dr. I have ever been to - anywhere!! He is very professional, compassionate and caring. He either has a remarkable memory or reviews personal notes before calling and inquires about the entire family, by name, every time I talk with him. He himself calls to follow-up to our conversations. As with any doctor's office, I may have to wait a few minutes for an appointment but I know that's because he's giving someone else all the time that he/she needs, just as he does for me at every visit. I have never been rushed at an appointment. Other reviews have expressed dissatisfaction with his office staff. Did you ever mention that to him?? I had a problem one time with an office member and Dr. Griffith called me that day for the details, apologized and said it would be taken care of immediately - and it was. Please don't express any negatives about this truly wonderful Dr. If you have a problem, bring it to his attention and it will be corrected. Give him every consideration you expect of him and you will not be disappointed. There is none better!

Pros: Always accessable, always listens and understands, always follows-up.

Cons: None that aren't corrected when brought to Dr. Griffith's attention.

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I have seen Dr. Griffith for about 4 year, and he is fantastic. He is brilliant, truly cares about his patients, asks all the right questions and patiently addresses the myriad of questions with which I bombard him periodically.

That being said, Dr. Griffith's staff are disorganized, inefficient and seemingly uncaring. They always seem as though they're in a hurry, confused or angry -- probably not great traits for staff in a psych office.

Additionally, I agree with others who have stated that this is one tough office to reach: even during the two short spans of time during which you (supposedly) can reach a live person on M-Th, I have yet to actually reach one. It typically takes days for someone to call me back. And don't get me started on how rude and inefficient the answering service staff are. Every one of the people I have spoken with at the service needs to take a phone ettiquette course.

All that being said, Dr. Griifth's deep knowledge of his specialty and understanding of the disease-state treatmemt option nuances definitely make up for his inept staff. He is the best!

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★★★★☆

I have seen Dr. Griffith for about 4 year, and he is fantastic. He is brilliant, truly cares about his patients, asks all the right questions and patiently addresses the myriad of questions with which I bombard him periodically.

That being said, Dr. Griffith's staff are disorganized, inefficient and seemingly uncaring. They always seem as though they're in a hurry, confused or angry -- probably not great traits for staff in a psych office.

Additionally, I agree with others who have stated that this is one tough office to reach: even during the two short spans of time during which you (supposedly) can reach a live person on M-Th, I have yet to actually reach one. It typically takes days for someone to call me back. And don't get me started on how rude and inefficient the answering service staff are. Every one of the people I have spoken with at the service needs to take a phone ettiquette course.

All that being said, Dr. Griifth's deep knowledge of his specialty and understanding of the disease-state treatmemt option nuances definitely make up for his inept staff. He is the best!

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?I saw Dr. Griffith for about 2 years, during that time I appreciated the professionalism of his office staff. However, they are incredibly hard to get a hold of and (in my case) did not return my phone calls until days after they were made. The office itself is very nice, has a professional atmosphere and is quite relaxing. Dr. Griffith is professional and well educated. However, (in my case) I got a feeling that I was being talked down to when I was in session. Also, I felt that when I expressed a concern about the treatment plan or the medications that I was on, the responses that I received made me feel as if I was being treated more as a clinical case than a client. Don?t misunderstand me; Dr. Griffith is a very well educated medical professional, it is just that in my case, I felt that I was more of a ?number? or ?clinical case? then an actual person with a problem. I eventually left Dr. Griffith?s office when my insurance changed, while his style of treatment might be considered helpful by some, I would not return to his office again based on what I wrote above. If you are like me and like a psychiatrist who is a little more personal and does not treat you as a ?clinical case?, then I would suggest shopping around some more.

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★★☆☆☆

?I saw Dr. Griffith for about 2 years, during that time I appreciated the professionalism of his office staff. However, they are incredibly hard to get a hold of and (in my case) did not return my phone calls until days after they were made. The office itself is very nice, has a professional atmosphere and is quite relaxing. Dr. Griffith is professional and well educated. However, (in my case) I got a feeling that I was being talked down to when I was in session. Also, I felt that when I expressed a concern about the treatment plan or the medications that I was on, the responses that I received made me feel as if I was being treated more as a clinical case than a client. Don?t misunderstand me; Dr. Griffith is a very well educated medical professional, it is just that in my case, I felt that I was more of a ?number? or ?clinical case? then an actual person with a problem. I eventually left Dr. Griffith?s office when my insurance changed, while his style of treatment might be considered helpful by some, I would not return to his office again based on what I wrote above. If you are like me and like a psychiatrist who is a little more personal and does not treat you as a ?clinical case?, then I would suggest shopping around some more.

Pros: Accepted by insurance, Short office wait times

Cons: Please read the review for more detail

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Called to see Dr Griffiths and was informed that his first availability is a month and a half away. When the person answering the phone found out I was calling to make an appointment for my Husband, she said he'd have to call back and make the appointment himself. When I asked why - she said office policy. I said I'd find someone else, Thank you.

Maybe if you actually get in to see the guy he's good. But, first impressions don't bode well.

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★☆☆☆☆

Called to see Dr Griffiths and was informed that his first availability is a month and a half away. When the person answering the phone found out I was calling to make an appointment for my Husband, she said he'd have to call back and make the appointment himself. When I asked why - she said office policy. I said I'd find someone else, Thank you.

Maybe if you actually get in to see the guy he's good. But, first impressions don't bode well.

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The only Dr who has ever been able to help with certian issues. very thorough, kind and remembers many little things about you as a patient

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★★★★☆

The only Dr who has ever been able to help with certian issues. very thorough, kind and remembers many little things about you as a patient

Pros: Excellent Dr

Cons: Limited access via Phone

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I have seen Walter Griffith, MD for over 6 years now, for medication and for therapy.
He is the most knowledgeable, and the best diagnostician I have ever seen. He is warm, available, generous, and all in all, a great doctor!
He has helped me tremendously, as well as other members of my family. I have found his office staff to be extremely accomodating and friendly.

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★★★★★

I have seen Walter Griffith, MD for over 6 years now, for medication and for therapy.
He is the most knowledgeable, and the best diagnostician I have ever seen. He is warm, available, generous, and all in all, a great doctor!
He has helped me tremendously, as well as other members of my family. I have found his office staff to be extremely accomodating and friendly.

Pros: Beautiful new office with tropical theme. Ample p

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dr. neglected to return a call or schedule office visit with acute problem related to medication because in his own words I was did not get along with office staff, I was demanding when I did not agree with diagnosis, resistant because I was doing well and unable to get written prescriptions for ongoing medications

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★★☆☆☆

dr. neglected to return a call or schedule office visit with acute problem related to medication because in his own words I was did not get along with office staff, I was demanding when I did not agree with diagnosis, resistant because I was doing well and unable to get written prescriptions for ongoing medications

Pros: on time, insurance acceptance

Cons: not time flexable , staff uncaring, failure to return cal

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I've seen Dr. Griffith for 9 years now. He has helped me in ways that NO OTHER PSYCHIATRIST has. He actually spends time with me, rather than other psychiatrists who walk in, review your meds, write scripts and are out the door in 5 minutes.

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★★★★★

I've seen Dr. Griffith for 9 years now. He has helped me in ways that NO OTHER PSYCHIATRIST has. He actually spends time with me, rather than other psychiatrists who walk in, review your meds, write scripts and are out the door in 5 minutes.

Pros: He listens , He cares, He is compassionate

 

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