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This so called psychiatrist was the absolute worst dr. I have ever encountered. After only 3 office visits I realized this dr. was not qualified to practice in the field of psychiatry. I had just lost my mother to Alzheimer's disease, and then 3 months later my father died. I chose Dr. Helding because he was in my insurance plan and close to home. He was indifferent, did not make eye contact when speaking, constantly typed on his computer while I was speaking, and had the audacity to tell me that is is very common for spouses to die within months of each other and that's what statistics show. This man is not compassionate or qualified to practice psychiatry. I am glad I quit going to him after 3 worthless visits. Do yourself a favor and pass by his name if he is in your insurance plan.
I'm doing some research to see if he is actually a doctor.
If you need help with serious issues, this is not the person to see. He has no interest in helping you. It's hard to understand why he has chosen this profession, as he seems to be only concerned with getting by with the absolute minimum he can get away with to still qualify as a "doctor". Stay away.
Stay away from Dr. Helding. It's a waste of time and money to see this unprofessional psychiatrist. He is unable to speak fluently as he mumbles his words, he doesn't make eye contact with you, he doesn't ask follow up questions, he talks to other clients while in for an appointment, he's always fiddling around on mobile devices, a 40 minute appointment lasts 10 minutes, he treats you like poorly, and he makes you feel more depressed when you leave his office. Do yourself a favor and go elsewhere.
He needs to stay off his phone Whenever I saw him he ended up talking on his phone to someone about another patient I feel if I and the insurance company is paying it should be about me for that time He also needs to be on time for appointments my time is as valuable as his.
DR did not give much details on what's is going with patient. Did not acknowledge us when we walked in his office. the whole visit was less then 10 minutes. Staff was rude we over heard them call someone stupid for missing signature.
I'm an active duty military Service-member. When I received my referral for services, Dr. Helding was the ONLY provider willing to take my Tricare Prime Remote medical insurance. He's a great doctor and I would recommend his services to anyone.
I really appreciated Dr. Holding. He quit taking my insurance after I had seen him a few times but continued to see me regardless. He wasn't like other psychiatrists I have seen where the appt lasts long enough to write a script and send you on your way. He actually scheduled 45 minute appts with me for a little counseling. Great guy and Dr....maybe he's just overwhelmed between Naperville and Hinsdale. Even psychiatrists need a break for mental health.
Dr. Helding did NOT talk to me....AT ALL. I explained my previous diagnoses, while he fiddled with his computer, his tablet, and took phone calls. On my second visit, he asked me how I was doing, but didn't seem AT ALL to be listening to my very short response, and did NOT ask ANY follow-up questions. I was literally in and out of his office in less than 10 minutes. He had a student in the room, to whom he never introduced me. I asked him to up one of my meds, and he did so with NO discussion. When I asked him why he didn't talk to me or ask me any questions, he said it was because he knew I had another counselor, so he would "leave me in her capable hands". His office staff didn't respond to a request from DHS, and when I asked them why, I was told they never received it. I waited while they looked for it, only to find out that they were confused because the request had both my maiden and married names. If you are looking for a psychiatrist who cares about your health and well-being, this is NOT the doctor for you. If all you're looking for is medication, than Dr. Helding is happy to oblige....just be prepared to wait....to NEVER make eye contact....and to be VERY patient with the office staff.
He has the GENERAL question be "What are these clients giving me?" rather than "What am I giving these clients?" as it should be. He's just confused as to who should do the benefacting and the benefitting, that's all. Then the clients can make their progress in its own dear, endless direction as it should be.....
This guy is simply a prescription dispenser... he shows little to no interest in actually treating my son, nor in helping when things don't go right. Appointments (once every 3 months) consist of waiting for 20-30 minutes, and a 5 minute discussion. If you want to call it a discussion... most of the time, he's busily typing into his computer. And the guy is a "low, fast talker" -- you cannot hear or understand him when he talks! What put me over the edge in deciding to find a new doctor is when I needed to email him with some problems we'd been having... I wrote him a descriptive but professional email, but all I got in return (on several occasions) was an email without a greeting that consisted of 5 total words, some misspelled. Translation? This guy has no interest in helping us or authentically treating my son. Time to move on.
Dr. Helding has been seeing all three of my children for over the past 10 years. This is impressive in and of itself. My experience has been that psychiatrists come and go. He has been in the same office for over 25 years. He is kind and generous. There was a period of a year or two when my husband was unemployed and we were without insurance. He continued to see my children for free and provided free sample medication whenever he could
My child and I waited 50 minutes past the time of our initial appointment. At that time i asked the receptionist if it would be much longer. She checked with him and told me i could go ahead and go back. Was he planning on just letting us continue waiting all night? When i entered his office, Dr. Helding did not introduce himself, did not get up from his chair, did not greet me in anyway. In fact, he never looked up from his laptop, and simply told me to close the door and deadbolt it for privacy...which I did not do. He then proceeded to ask, "So what's up?". In my life I have never had a "doctor" begin an appointment in such an unprofessional manner. At this point I asked him if he planned on looking at me at all during the appointment, and he said that he needs to type notes as we talk...which would be fine if we had been discussing anything of substance, which we had not. I mentioned the 50 minute wait, and he replied that "it's been a long day." I said that we were not off to a good start and that I was not feeling comfortable entrusting my child's psychiatric help to him, and he replied that he wouldn't ask me to do that. He started to say that he "merely provides consultations...". I don't know what he said after that because I walked out. I would advise anyone who expects/wants/demands more than a prescription to seek care elsewhere.
My son went to Dr Helding. He calledmy wife and I in for five (5) minutesand told us to leave. My son was thereabout fifteen (15) minutes before wewere ushered back in the room. Duringthat time the door was open and hespent 5-10 minutes with his techprofessional discussing why his IPadwas not functioning properly. When hecan back he said he had anotherappointment and we should retire toanother room. Even my son thought this guy wastotally self-absorbed - I can't believewe spent money to see this idiot.
This guy is the rudest person I have ever met! we will not be back....actually my son and I couldn't get out of there fast enough.
My son's visit to receive a prescription of ADD each month consisted of a 20 minute wait and a 3 minute conversation and receiving the prescription. You can barely understand what he says because he speaks quickly and softly. It's rush in and out in that office and no discussion. A terrible ripoff!!
Simply hands out medication quickly without properly assessing patients, most likely so that he does not have to raise his head from his laptop computer. Rarely met eye contact during my appointment which lasted a third of how long I waited in the waiting room. Not a first time patient, however am fed up with this practice and furthermore, this "doctor".
Dr. Helding has been caring for my son who has Autism and Bipolar Disorder. He was the ONLY psychiatrist who was willing to see my child initially. All others told me "sorry, we cannot treat an autistic". Dr. Helding was most welcoming to us, and put my son on very effective medications to manage his bipolar and anxiety. Now we are celebrating our 11th year of care with Dr. Helding, and he is still giving us the best care and knowledge. He will listen to any concerns we have, and give us frank and honest answers. There is 'no fluff' with Dr. Helding, as he is just himself. He may dress casually, but who cares? He knows his stuff, and he has ALWAYS helped get my son better, through some very rough times we have encountered. I totally trust Dr. Helding to always give us the best care and guidance. We have never had a bad experience, in these 11 years of care. My son has now grown into a stable adult, with a pleasant attitude, happy in his life, and very content.
Have been seeing Dr. Helding for 9 yrs. I have 2 children with ADHD. Because of him and his great ideas and excellent medicine mgt, my kids are EXCELLING in school. He even made the time to schedule appts with my husband and me when one of my kids was having some issues to offer parenting/discipline/marital advice. I have recommended him to a lot of people. He might dress casually and use a computer during our visits, but I have 2 very happy, well adjusted and successful boys! I highly recommend him!
I agree with all the negatives everyone else has stated. I wish I would have read this before I started going to him.
Personally, I like Dr. Helding's laid-back personality. It makes him easy to talk to. I don't care what the guy wears-my mental status is not affected by his clothing. The care he provides is more than adequate. Yes, he uses a computer-for taking notes in your record! Heaven forbid. Anyway, he has been nothing but nice to me, and really takes any concerns I have about my medication into consideration. He has always answered any question I had about my meds and has given me honest, straightforward answers. He goes above and beyond. One time, I had miserable allergies and couldn't get into my PCM for quite some time. Dr. Helding wrote me a prescription for some allergy medication to get me through until my appointment with my PCM! He didn't have to do that, but he did it because he's a nice guy and he cares about his patients. I would definitely recommend him to others.The only negative feedback is that the phone system the office has is a bit frustrating. That could be improved.
I do not know anything about 1992 case of child abuse Dr Helding had covered but I know about a recent case involving Dr. Helding since 2006: Dr. Helding is covering up this more recent child abuse. I came to see him and I was alerting and warning him about father abusing the child. He mocked me. A little of history: In Court money speaks Following case of domestice violence where father was the abuser, father got the best lawyers for obtaining full custody - father obtained full custody of the child after mother (foreigner) spoke out about his violence (he slandered accusing her to be mentally ill - father continues today his abuses (child control manipulation and no mark physically) When he got full custody and police was alerted by mother child complained about father's inappropriate behavior lawyers and father made child examined in hospital to prove child was deluding "like the mother"... no mark inside the body (father's inappropriate behavior with his fingers when child was in his bath) or outside on the body. Child was and continues to be muted/ threatened by father "father would go in prison if he speaks", and as the child says today he doesn't want to speak ever : it is embarrassing to speak about it - he says he will never speak again to anyone mother included about it. When the particular abuse started child complained to mother; mother went to police; father lawyers came to police; child was examined in hospital; then father brought child to Dr. Helding who wrote a diagnosis for the child of "mental illness NOS" and who prescribed to the child antipsychotic psychostimulant: for the father to control the child for compliance/ including shutting down conveniently the child at night - Seroquel at night- and for psycho stimulating the child during the day at School Adderall in the morning - He prescribed Adderall and other psycho stimulant drug- : for well behaving child/ under-control compliant / well raised child/ good student: Father needs to look good as a good father. To anyone father pretends child was mentaly ill and drugs were given in particular for sleep disorders. Sleep test in hospital had been done by father after child sleep deprivation and terror... Child was terrorized at night and sleep test was not "totally normal"... Today father pretends all drugs have been stopped after years of treatment child has no more mental ilness whatsoever.. BUT the child has vision problems. anytime even at distance drugs like Seroquel and Adderall can have mutiple deleterious effects. In this child abuse case Dr. Helding is accomplice- Downtown Chicago Lawyers (excuse the misspelling if any) Van Schwab and Goldberg from Godberg&Mamma are the advisers of the father (officially Goldberg was designed by the Court to be adviser of the child... in reality Van Schwab Goldberg work together on such case) All this is intricate - Court / Health care / "designed by the Court investigator" for the child custody and Lawyers / and the power of money- It seems Dr Helding is part of a corrupted group of repulsive people. At school by the father the child with his supposedly mental ilness NOS was drugged and placed in special class with children wth special needs for years. Father said he has now stopped all treatments. Miraculously child is suddenly declared normal. Child continues to be abused and manipulated. Mother watches and did whatever it takes to approach and spend time with the child: father lets her since he needs free time (convenience). Child is As in normal class no more in child-with-special-need class - drugs have deleterious affects - even at distance - the child has now vision issue. Father does not communicate reports with mother - Father is American/has money/good reputation/full child custody - he has alerted and alerts everyone everywhere child is mentally ill and the mother is mentally ill. Dr. Helding declared as well child is mentally ill "like the mother" he had never had chance to see at the time of "his diagnosis" but documents are in school file and this continue to be reported in child school reports - Dr. Helding will not discuss anything with the mother - in conclusion: I do not recommend Dr. Helding
Shocked at these neg reviews. his therapy saved my moms life and i saw him too before the insurance switched. He was charming and helpful and knew his stuff. Who cares what he wears?
As far as diagnosis I think Dr. Helding was spot on for us. His office staff isn't always very polite and he has a irritating phone system. He dosen't spend much time talking to us and when he does, he mumbles. We don't feel very connected to him because he dosen't seem very connected to us. I think we will be looking for another doctor.
I went to Dr. Helding for management of ADHD and anxiety because my previous psychiatrist changed practices so I needed a new one. However, the impression I got from him was that he did not believe I had ADHD and was using the meds for performance enhancement. He wanted me to do "QB testing" (which would have taken up 2 saturdays of my time), and then get a friend to fill a questionnaire. I figured I would play these games, until I found out by the receptionist that the testing would cost $200 and each questionnaire would have a $25 processing fee (they also wanted to charge me a $10 fee if I wanted to pay for my copay with a credit card). After hearing this, I approached him again saying that I didn't think the testing was worth that much, and he refused to consider any alternative testing. He said the testing would provide "high quality of care." This is ridiculous. There is so many different types of psychological testing he could have done (even tho I have well documented ADHD from physicians for the past 15 years) that didn't cost so much. Yes, I disagreed with his logic for even ordering the testing, but regardless of that a doctor is supposed to present options to us and let the patient decide on the course of action. He said he refused to treat me unless I did the testing, and that "Doctors make the worst patients" (I am a med student). Furthermore, the two questionnaires he gave me that would cost $25 a piece for a friend to fill out was entirely based on pediatric observations of ADHD. Furthermore, 3 weeks later (after I cancelled all the testing), I received a very antagonistic letter in the mail from him saying he received a message that I cancelled the tests and that he takes that as a sign that I dont want to see him. He went on to request that I mail back my prescriptions he prescribed me and that I owed him $30 (I never got a bill). In summary, he seemed to be a very paternalistic doctor who will tell you what to do. Don't expect a collaborative approach with him. He seemed to have a suspecting tone in his questions about my ADHD. For a psychiatrist who I went to for treatment of anxiety disorder, he certainly created a large increase in my anxiety.
First of all, I read all the opinions of this Doctor and I went to him in spite of the negatives. I believed then and believe more so now that though he may be peculiar he is a very good Doctor. My first experience was him asking me questions to determine my issues and then he entered the information into his laptop. People complained about this in their reviews but it's not like he's sitting there playing solitaire or updating his Facebook account. C'mon people, it's the computer age and he uses the computer create a background history on the patient. Also, as I said in my title, he is a scientist and MUST use computer to assist him with his diagnosis. I am glad that he doing this. And another thing, about his bedside manner. He was never disrespectful to me. I just want him to give me the help I know I need. If you want someone to give you a shoulder to cry on and that's all, then pick another Doctor. This guy is a good Doctor and you just need to remember, and this is important, he is always thinking about ways to diagnose your issue properly. Those gears are smoking in his head. So if he doesn't get up and kiss you on the forehead as you leave the room just understand that he's thinking about your diagnosis and IS NOT ignoring you. I like this guy!
We gave him too many chances to get it right. We agree with every negative comment on this site. The doctor is arrogant, unprofessional, condescending, uncompassionate and completely unconcerned about his patients. He pays no attention to answers to questions he asks, since he is very busy tapping on his laptop or cell phone - or eating a cheeseburger. His "diagnosis" reflected the lack of attention he paid to our child's issues - he spent zero time trying to understand the root of the problem. "Doc in the Box" is a very appropriate way to describe him. Keep looking.
Overbooked, callous uncompassionate bedside manner,arrogant,will not spend much time with you. Scattered and forgetful, inattentive during sessions, arrogant,disrespectful,frequently late,frequently cancels appointments. Does not take responsibility for his actions. Provides substandard care and no long term treatment plan. Rude office staff. Do not see this Doctor!
I have found him to be a good doctor. As for the comments on short visits, those are dosage maintenance meetings and that is all most insurance pays for. He will schedule full meeting if you want. I appreciate the casual dress as he seems easier to talk to. The working on a computer is him putting info in on your records as he talks to you.
Hr. Helding was very good with me and worked to get correct dosage. I feel better and thank him for his efforts
Dr H was originally my son's shrink. I am convinced, as is my son, that therapy with Dr H was instrumental in helping him not fall through the cracks. The kid had a genius IQ, but seriously sub-optimal performance in school. He had serious issues with his father, and presented as ADHD. Dr H's casual manner and dress made him approachable to a 12-year-old kid. It has been many years since my son was Dr H's patient. He has grown up to be a refreshingly self-aware individual. I believe that the work he did with Dr H over the years he spent with him in therapy were instrumental in his personal development. I think part of the problem with therapy as it is now is that we are limited so often to just meds appointments. My son was able to not only get meds from Dr H, but also to benefit from his experience and training as a therapist.
I do not particularly like him, but he's not completely awful. Agree with other reviews..he writes prescriptions and that's about it.
I saw Dr. Helding twice. The second time he ate his dinner the whole time during our session and seemed generally bored, even when I was crying. He never called to follow-up after I cancelled a session and basically seemed not to care one way or the other.
I saw Dr. Helding for a long time and referred to him as my drug dealer. Spent 10 minutes tops with him after waiting sometimes 45 minutes to get a refill on medication which I now get from my GP. My teenage daugher also saw him and was evaluated for ADHD. Only went 3 times before we found another doctor. This guy is just horrid - he mumbles - insults - talks on phone and works on computer during appointments - always dressed unprofessionally - more interested in baseball - can't believe he has any type of business.
Dresses very unprofessional, does not seem very caring. My child bascially is in his office for 10 minutes just to get his prescription re-filled for ADD. Does not really engage in any type of conversation with my child.
I have taken to casual dress over the past 8 years or so. I do cae and povide excellent care to my patients. Patients that are seeing me only for med managment are alloted 15-30 minutes and are free to request additional time on a scheduled basis. Managed care often limits this process.