Amanda Itzkoff, MD
11 E 68th St, New York, NY 10065
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02/24/2012Provided by Citysearch -
I'm not going back out there looking ever again. That's the skinny!
To be fair, I have seen a therapist in the past and I have met with more than 2 psychiatrists, in the past.
So, I knew what I was looking for, in part, based on past positive and negative experiences.
I know that I need my psychiatrist to be intelligent and skillful, to be legitimately interested in helping me and listening to me -- not to make a snap decision about me, and then nod sometimes. I also know that I need to work with someone who is not just yessing me, so she can move on to the next patient. She 'get's it'. Either you'll know what that means or you wont. I dont think there's a better way to describe that quality.
I've found what I need, and I am glad not have to wade through anymore of what I dont. Having seen plenty of the latter, it is very easy to for me to say that there are many more psychiatrists who definitely make sure that my appointment ends right on time, but cant or wont do more than as little as seems necessary at every appointment.
I'm realistic in my expectations, but I know I need to work with someone who, is absolutely qualified, and who sees me as a person they are trying to help, at every visit. I have what I need, and know that for me, it was not easy the easiest find.
I dont know what would be best for everyone. I think if you can relate to my story, you'll have stopped reading already, because you already know you've found it. And you'll probably reserve the same information, for those who would only really need it, for the same reason.
If you cant relate to my story, then this probably wont help you find what you need.
One last thing -- if you do actually know Dr. Itzkoff, you know how to reach her. If you think that the most obvious number listed on this site is the best way to reach her, well, you've never met THE Dr. Itzkoff. I dont know how that will affect your chances of meeting her ...
02/07/2012Provided by Citysearch -
I had a very poor experience here. Misdiagnosis, incorrect meds, followed by a long stint in two hospitals.
Doctor was hard to reach, in no way timely, and I was not helped at all.
I had to find a psychiatrist in the midst of sudden onset mental illness symptoms, and this Doctor did not know what was going on.
She was upset that I challenged her expert opinion as a 'clinician' about medication.
I am glad people had positive experiences, and these reviews are subjective. I am just telling you my experience, which is that seeing this doctor was not just a waste of time and money, but nearly of my life.
11/26/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I've worked with Dr. Itzkoff for two and a half years.... maybe a little more. When I made my first appointment, I thought I was suffering from a mild depression, even though I'd never been depressed before. Dr. Itzkoff easily worked me through that episode in a period of time so brief I cant remember if it was 1 month or 3 months.
THEN she started helping me see so many things I'd never known about myself. And so many things I had known about myself but didn't believe. And so many things I had known, but told myself they weren't so.
And with her most patient, dedicated, and truly artful help, I have had the opportunity to gain something I thought only existed in movies.
I'd given up on ever getting to address most of anything about myself. Dr. Itzkoff has excellent bedside manner, is a genius, yet easy to talk to, and explains all my medication to me in plain English, as all great doctors should. But Dr. Itzkoff saved my life and then she taught me how to keep my me life, for me, because I'm happy.
I never thought I'd say that.
11/20/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I began seeing Dr. Itzkoff two years ago for a variety of psychiatric problems and until recently, she was as good a doctor as I could hope for. She was incredibly responsive by e-mail, phone, and text, and really helped me get my life in order. However, in late September 2011 she stopped returning my (multiple, but not stalker-esque) e-mails and texts (our preferred means of communication).
This lack of communication is troubling for two major reasons: 1) I was taking two medications that it can be dangerous to stop taking cold turkey and I was left without access to refills or medication; and 2) since I have gone a couple of months months without treatment or medication, my behavior is erratic and I have been self medicating with alcohol. I informed Dr. Itzkoff of this issue a few days ago but still no reply.
She has always had some minor issues with professionalism (re: missed appointments without warning), but it was easy to overlook because she was so nice and effective.
I'd say... caveat emptor.
11/05/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Apparently I share a very common name with a poster on this site. To be clear, I have NEVER made any inappropriate or sexually base or lewd comments about this, or any other doctor.
Nor would I.
My stomach turns at the thought of his comments being attributed to me.
I am also not the Mr. Cooper who posted this on his twitter feed: dancoopermedia Dan Cooper
""Oh man, I spent one hour on the phone...[with a] doctor ... Will somebody shoot her please? #diedie
10/31/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I've never written on one of these things.But I just have a few things I need to say.
Dr. I is absolutely the BEST psychiatrist. She has treated me for about 2 years. She is all the things a doctor should be, with respect to knowledge and credentials. (Actually, she kinda awesome in that department). But what I really need to say is that Dr. I has been there for me like no other doctor I've ever seen. I'm anxious. I'm anxious right now that by writing this, people will take my doctor away from me. But I have to be honest. In more difficult times, I was MORE anxious. Dr. I has been so so so patient with me. She has explained everything so carefully, as many times as I've needed. And she has been there for me. She has returned my calls at 11pm, 2am and 4am (not that I still need her then anymore). Dr. I is so responsive. so careful. so available. And, I can talk to her so easily. She is not at all like other doctors in that way that they come across as kinda like they have no idea what a regular person is like... you know? She is the only psychiatrist I trust. period. Now only call if you really need her, because I'm not giving her up!
10/30/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Dr. Itzkoff has consistently gone above and beyond to help me. She has been there for me, when, in my previous experience, no other ""shrink"" EVER was. She is a genius, an expert psychopharmacologist, and really, an absolutely superbly knowledgeable doctor all around. But more than that, she has consistently demonstrated care, concern, and dedication. I really dont think there is anyone out there who could even come close to helping me the way Dr. Itzkoff has. There never has been before. You couldn't pay me to see anyone else!
04/04/2011Provided by Citysearch -
dr itzkoff cares so genuinely for me. i know that because she has worked with me, and worked with me, and worked with me. through my own doubts. through times i didnt think she, or anyone, would be there for me when I was truly honest. when other doctors HAVE turned on me. when we have lacked a clear solution, this doctor has forged on with me, to FIND one and I know that she always will ... even when without her, I know, I know, that i would not. or i could not. im not sure of the difference.
that is how she saves my life every day. literally.
04/02/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Dr. Itzcoff seemed extremely kind and understanding at first. She appeared to be very knowledgeable in the field of psychopharmacology. I tried many medications with her, constantly voicing my concern for weight gain. She prescribed cymbalta, claiming tha there were no weight gain side effects. I not only gained 35 pounds, but trying to stop the med led to many other horrifying side effects. Not long after my father suddenly passed away. Dr. Itzcoff prescribed medication and was very sympathetic in this situation. However, a couple of months later after a few attempts to reach her for an appt and for medication refill, she never returned my call. I went through yet another painful withdrawal because of this. I am now 35 pounds plus, in no better (if not worse) state when I first saw her, and am extremely dissatisfied with her lack of professionalism.
11/22/2009Provided by Citysearch -
dr. itzkoff took the time to hear out all of my concerns. though i was hesitant to try all she recommended, she has helped me so much! i never knew if i could be helped, but dr. itzkoff cared about me. she adjusted my medication with painstaking care and then we began talk therapy. she showed me so much i had never pieced together, and all of that is really paying off! old habits are falling by the way-side and I finally am that person I knew I could be inside!
11/01/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Dr.Itzkoff had a quick return time with messages at all times and emergencies. She was supportive, compassionate, and skilled in observing and assessing the whole picture and took great measures to accommodate the various needs I had. Especially with agencies and clinics, which made me, as a parent and caregiver feel safe. She was able to stabilize the situation with a good combination of medications and it was discussed and clarified each time.
I am so thankful I found her and will be forever grateful.
10/25/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I had the horrible misfortune to meet Amanda Itzkoff, MD in 2009 as an inpatient in Mount Sinai. By late 2007 my outside psychiatrist started ""experimenting"" with me due the lack of any effect of the tried and true mood meds- litihum, tegretol and Depakote- on my bipolar disorder. He began to get aggresive and started giving me all kinds of drugs like antipsychotics and that is where I really started to go down hill bigtime. Itzkoff was the head ""big shot"" doctor and I was assigned a stupid resident ( under her supervision) who wanted to become an oral surgeon and was required to do this psychiatry rotation to become an MD. He did not want to be there and never spent more than five minutes with me each day. Itzkoff the chief doctor with residents in toe was cold hearted and Nazi like with her high end boots. She gave me an ultimatum ""either take HALDOL or SEROQUEL . I will let you chose"". How unprofessional! Forced with having to make up my mind with residents hovering over me and her, I decided to try Haldol which I never took in my life. After just three days I could not sit in one place and a fellow patient who now was calling me a ""mexican jumping bean"" warned me that it was tardive dyskensia and that it was a side effect of the Haldol. I begged Itzkoff to take me off it and she relented after several days of suffering . So now I was placed on Seroquel again! I had diabetes insipidus due to my body rejecting lithium and I was thirsty and urinating frequently. That was not picked up at Mount Sinai.To make a long story short after I got out of there I went back to my psychiatrist and he told me that based on reviewing my records since he began seeing me the cause of my meltdown was due to the Seroquel and other drugs he perscribed. I got off all the CNS drugs and now I am doing great!
After being a victim of Itzkoff's horrible care as a patient inside Mount Sinai I cannot imagine anyone ever actually paying good money to see her as an outpatient.
When seeing any physician experience should be key. If I am seeing a physician and paying top dollar I want at least 20 years of licensed practice. Her date of license in NYS only started on 07/20/05, which is a bit over five years. Find a MD that DOES NOT ADVERTISE! Find a psychiatrist who has speaciality in both Neurology and Psychiatry. Great schools like Cornell and NYU medical school are important. Excellent grades does not make a great doctor! Also avoid psychiatrists that claim to be ""psychopharmacologists"" it is just a marketing gimmick. Itzkoff thinks she knows everything. If she was such a genius as she promotes herself she would NOT have picked Psychiatry as her specialty. Psychiatry is rated very low as far as medical specialties among physicians. Warning: Many of the 5 star posts sound like they are ghost written and fake.I would give Amanda a -5 if I could! All psychiatrists are psychopharmacologists and have the same medications as every other psychiatrist has. Also when it comes to psychiatry Mount Sinai does comes in at the low end of the tier. Mount Sinai is no where near the quality of care at Columbia Preysbeterian Weil Cornel when it comes to Psychiatry.
If you go to a psychiatrist that went to medical school in the late 70's and was trained in the 80's that doctor is well versed in such medications like MAOI's and Tricyclics.for example. New psychiatrists are less familiar with these meds (which are more effective for depression than SSRI's) and are less likely to try these meds and go with the newest and the most promoted meds which are not the most effective. Highly effective drugs like Tegretol, lithium, and MAOI""S, require blood tests and constant supervision which means that the psychiatrist needs to work not just write a script for a med and forget about it.
12/15/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I am certain I would not be here now were it not for the support and amazing efforts of my psychiatrist, Dr. Amanda Itzkoff. She is so warm and sensitive. I can tell her enything, knowing that I will never be judged. All the while, I feel at ease knowing that I am in some of the most expert hands this city has to offer. Dr. Itzkoff encouraged me to make medication adjustments that eventually brought about the complete remission of symptoms that had plagued me for years and that no other doctor had successfully treated. I am so lucky to have found this wonderful, caring, and truly genius psychiatrist!
05/10/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I feel so fortunate to have found Dr. Amanda Itzkoff. I have been in therapy for many years and am constantly faced with the challenge of finding a doctor that is not only up to date and careful with medication but also a great therapist . It has been a long road of seeing many doctors and spending a lot of money without positive results. In January of 2008, I finally found the best psychiatrist who is not only brilliant (her credentials are amazing as you can see and in addition to private practice, she is teaching at Mt. Sinai so always knows latest info on meds) but the way she listens and works with me to succeed and improve has been life changing. She is very well rounded in many areas (always reading the journal when I come in :) She is always responsive to my calls, easy and comfortable to talk to and genuinely cares so much. She is results driven and always has an action plan. I wish everyone in search of a great psychiatrist to meet Dr. Itzkoff.