For the last seven years, my son has suffered with a mood disorder, ADD, and substance abuse. During that time, he was treated by several doctors, was on over a dozen different medications, was hospitalized three times, and was in rehab four times with no hope in sight. THEN WE FOUND DR. BINDER. He listened carefully and with compassion to my son’s history and symptoms, understood immediately what the problem was, explained things clearly, diagnosed him properly, and put him on the appropriate medication. Within a few months, my son’s transformation has been dramatic and amazing. He is now happy, productive, and abstinent from drugs and alcohol. Dr. Binder has been a Godsend to my son and our family. I truly believe he has saved my son’s life.
Dr. Binder is a Godsend to me. He helped me out of a severe depression. He is compassionate and listens to everything you tell him. I don't know what I would have done without him. God bless you Dr. Binder.
Posted September 2011
Dr. Michael Binder is a gift from GOD to our planet. He is the most brilliant, caring, loving man one could ever talk with. He listens, he understands, he cares, he loves, he relates, he fixes, he goes the extra mile and he makes you feel like you are the most important human being in his life at the time you are speaking with him. He has saved our family on many occasions. We have referred him, we have enjoyed him, we are grateful for him. We love him. He has ideas that are above and beyond that of medicine. Ideas that work. He is a scientist in his own right. He is a leader, a christian, a vessel from the ultimate doctor and creator. He is --simply the BEST.
Posted November 22, 2015
I had my first appointment with Dr. Binder one year ago. After I explained my symptoms, he immediately diagnosed me with Cyclothymic Disorder. Cyclothymia is a mood disorder similar to bipolar, albeit less severe. By the time I started treatment, Cyclothymia had destroyed my life. I lost my friends, nearly failed out of college, and had no future whatsoever. I had literally lost my grip on reality. Anyway, I was eventually prescribed lithium which has changed my life.
Today, I am a first year in law school. I am astounded by how far I have come and it is truly all thanks to Dr. Binder. Obviously he correctly diagnosed me and prescribed an unbelievable medication. However, he has done so much more. Dr. Binder is very kind, understanding and knowledgeable. From day one I felt like I was in great hands, I knew I could trust him and that he would help me. All I had to do was listen. I am very quick to recommend Dr. Binder. Cyclothymia can be terrible and I hope that people with it can experience a balanced mind like I am.
Dr. Michael Binder restored my faith in psychiatry. I am bipolar. Like many of us, I've countless psychiatrists: I’ve been through the mill. I’ve been treated like cattle, pills shoved down my throat, no one listening, just another statistic. What distinguishes Dr. Binder is his trust in his patients, his willingness to listen and experiment, his deep practice-based knowledge of medication, and his kind and caring presence. His recognition and avoidance of the problems that many of us experience with conventional approaches is unique in my experience. I have spoken to many, many “bipolarites”, whether I or II or cyclothymic, and it’s a running and bitter joke among us that our psychiatrics know less than nothing about the pills they push on us. So many times they say: “Come back in two months or three months and we’ll go from there.” To a person in crisis, who may be at the end of their earthly tether, this aloof disregard is not only dangerous, it is malpractice. This is so for the simple reason that so many of these drugs work within days of taking them. We, who take these pills, know this! When I was in my deepest crisis, when my life was literally on the line, Dr. Binder worked with me day by day. Within a week and-a-half we had found a medical combination that for the first time in four years stabilized me. We did by this by rapidly trialing drugs, not by waiting and crossing our fingers. Once we found something that actually worked for me, we cautiously refined and tweaked dosages so that I receive maximum benefit at the lowest possible dosage. Finally, Dr. Binder is completely aware of the spiritual/emotional/mental components of recovery. He does not treat medication as a cure-all. He is the very opposite of aggressive. He believes, simply, that appropriate, individually-tailored medication helps give us that necessary assist to let us get a grip on our minds and emotions so that we can make the choices and changes that lead to a balanced, calm, sustainable life. I am so glad I found Dr. Binder, a sensible and caring psychiatrist who is using his judgment, wisdom, and years of clinical experience to understand that each patient is unique.
I have been grateful to be a patient of Dr. Michael Binder for over the past 15 years. He was first introduced to me as my adolescent psychiatrist at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. I was very depressed, struggling with anxiety and mood changes. I am now in my 30’s, am married and consider myself to be a happy and successful person. I have Dr. Binder to thank for this. He allows me to comfortably express my true feelings, shows unconditional positive regard, provides reassurance, and gives me direction when needed. Along with psychotropic medication management, Dr. Binder uses aspects of spiritual guidance which assist me in healing my mind, body and spirit. As of tomorrow, it will be one full year I have been off of my medication. My soul is strong again. I will always greatly value the guidance, care and treatment he provides. Thank you Dr. Binder. He has my highest recommendation.
LETTERS FROM PATIENTS
I wanted to let you know how helpful you’re approach has been for me. By adding Neurontin to the Trileptal that you prescribed, I am not only feeling better, but I have also lost my desire to drink!
Being a pharmacist, I did some research on Neurontin and alcohol cravings. I read an NIH funded study that found Neurontin successfully reduced alcohol abuse in binge drinkers at a dose of 1800mg per day. After bumping my dose to 400mg TID, the results have been very good. So far, no urges to drink myself into a coma after a glass of wine. I am usually successful at fighting the urge off, but it is an internal fight and basically a battle of will which sometimes I do not win. So, it is a miracle not to have that feeling.
Also, it seems as though my emotions/feelings have returned. For so long I felt kind of like a robot. I only got emotional when something really joyful occurred (birth of my baby niece) or something tragic occurred (death of my beloved great aunt). Now, I feel emotions on a daily basis.
For years I have often found it difficult to show affection towards my husband. I would avoid holding hands, placing my arms around him, kissing, or even placing a hand in his back or snuggling on the couch while we watch our favorite show. Now, I have feelings to do all these things. I hope these amazing results last! I feel alive again and it is nothing short of a miracle to me.
I wish I could help others find effective treatment earlier than I did. No one should have to suffer decades or even a lifetime. My life would have been very different if I had found this type of therapy in my 20's.
Thanks for being the only Doctor that has been able to help me. I am truly blessed to have found you.
Dear Dr. Michael Binder,
I am a 39 year old female who has lived with Bipolar Disorder much of my life. I have dealt with many problems being undiagnosed.
I was placed on Zoloft due to a miscarriage thus I thought I had depression from it. The Zoloft put me into a mania for the next year and many horrible things happened. I admitted myself into an intensive day program to get help for what I didn’t know was going on with me. I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and found out also I was being Sexually Harassed by my boss. My mind was not functioning normally.
I was taken off Zoloft and could feel I had been in a fog. My mind was not able to function normally on Zoloft. I was paranoid to try any other drug. I also felt like I had anxiety about everything. I was prescribed Latuda and felt it made me jittery. I was prescribed Lamictal and was afraid to take it due to the skin rash possibilities. I have seen 3 Psychiatrists and no one could explain all of my symptoms and did not help me as a human being. I felt they rushed me in, prescribed a drug and rushed me out. I did not trust them and thus I would not take the medication. This is heart breaking for me and kept me away from medications for the next year. My life was difficult and I was suicidal daily.
I was at a point I was either going to check into a hospital or I needed a miracle. I found Dr. Michael Binder by searching the Internet for Holistic doctors. I found his website and emailed him. He immediately responded and then later called me. He also got me in the very next day. This was already more than any other Psychiatrist had done for me. Then in our meeting he explained to me EXACTLY why I was having all the symptoms I have had. He answered all my questions and he explained what I needed. He placed me on Gabepentin. I left his office with hope and eagerness to try this medication. He educated me on why I was feeling different symptoms that I had not read about for Bipolar Disorder. I started the medication and I felt like a new person within 2 days. It is life changing. I told my counselor I don’t know if what I feel is happy because I forget how this feels. I literally felt like a new person. I am thankful for this medication but more thankful for Dr. Michael Binder who took the time to explain to me what I am dealing with and how Bipolar Disorder works. No other Psychiatrist took the time to teach me and help me. This man is a life changer. I am now taking all 3 of my children to see him. Thank you Dr. Michael Binder for giving me a new life, one I can be happy in and know the real me.