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Lance Steinberg

Psychiatrist

Dr. Lance Steinberg is a psychiatrist practicing in Calabasas, CA. Dr. Steinberg is a medical doctor specializing in the care of mental health patients. As a psychiatrist, Dr. Steinberg diagnoses and treats mental illnesses. Dr. Steinberg may treat patients through a variety of methods including medications, psychotherapy or talk therapy, psychosocial interventions and more, depending on each individual case. Different medications that a psychiatrist might prescribe include antidepressants, antipsychotic mediations, mood stabilizers, stimulants, sedatives and hypnotics. Dr. Steinberg treats conditions like depression, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, insomnia, ADD and other mental illnesses.
39 years Experience
Lance Steinberg
  • Calabasas, CA
  • Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
  • Accepting new patients

What is the best medication for ADHD and anxiety?

Great question! Importantly, one question your physician must answer is if these are separate entities, war, is one a major issue that is causing problems in the other. For instance, READ MORE
Great question! Importantly, one question your physician must answer is if these are separate entities, war, is one a major issue that is causing problems in the other. For instance, are you anxious, and then have trouble focusing? Or, are you having trouble focusing and getting anxious? Assuming there are two separate issues, depending upon your medical state, one would try a medication that would not generally worse than the other condition. That would be initially. Generally, the most effective medicine for ADHD is a stimulant. The most effective medication for inside he is an SSRI or SNRI. Assuming you are medically able to and all these medication safely, one has to determine which will be treated first. Then, the other would be treated second. The medications used should be compatible with each other. Many of them are not.
Good luck!

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What is the best mood stabilizer for anxiety?

The best approach is to customize the treatment to you individually. That would take into account your current medical state, as well as what side effects might be bothersome. READ MORE
The best approach is to customize the treatment to you individually. That would take into account your current medical state, as well as what side effects might be bothersome. There are many, many medications. Just get an expert psychopharmacologist to help you choose and to understand how it works.

All my best,

Lance Steinberg MD, Inc.

What are the symptoms of psychological stress?

Many people handle stress differently. For some individuals, stress takes hold of their body in terms of muscle aches and pains, headaches, higher heart rates than normal, sweating, READ MORE
Many people handle stress differently. For some individuals, stress takes hold of their body in terms of muscle aches and pains, headaches, higher heart rates than normal, sweating, etc. Others have difficulty sleeping, become more irritable and agitated, and possibly panicky. Other individuals may have difficulty with concentrating and focusing. There are many, many options to the treatment of stress. Talking with a psychiatrist or psychopharmacologist would give you personalized treatment options to help modulate the stress and decrease it.

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What is the best non-addictive anti-anxiety medication?

There are many many non-addictive medications that are excellent for anxiety. The key is knowing which side effects are most likely with a given medication, and certain aspects READ MORE
There are many many non-addictive medications that are excellent for anxiety. The key is knowing which side effects are most likely with a given medication, and certain aspects of treating your anxiety that are most important to you. There are a slew of SSR I and SNRI medications, along with medicine such as buspirone and mirtazapine. You should consult your friendly psychiatrist to choose the best medication for your needs and your physiology. Hope this helps, Lance

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Should I drink alcohol if I have anxiety?

Having alcohol for anxiety can cause a waxing and waning of irritability and sadness along with anxiety. Would encourage you to talk to your friendly psychiatrist. Many holistic READ MORE
Having alcohol for anxiety can cause a waxing and waning of irritability and sadness along with anxiety. Would encourage you to talk to your friendly psychiatrist. Many holistic options including exercise, funny movies, social interaction, and even different supplements suggested by your psychiatrist. Then, different kinds of therapy, like cognitive behavioral therapy, can be particularly helpful if things are quite acute or a tad resistant to these interventions, we have a multitude of medicines based upon your physiology and other medications that you may be taking.

Best of luck,

Lance Steinberg, MD, Inc.

Is oversleeping a symptom of depression?

Yes, it might be. However, very important to take it into consideration with a whole constellation of symptoms. This includes difficulty enjoying life to the fullest, energy level, READ MORE
Yes, it might be. However, very important to take it into consideration with a whole constellation of symptoms. This includes difficulty enjoying life to the fullest, energy level, changes in appetite, etc. So, very important to not solely isolate this symptom. It’s a great question. Excellent idea to pursue this with your mental health provider. Ideally, a psychiatrist.

What can a doctor prescribe for stress and anxiety?

Stress and anxiety are so very very common in every society. There are many things that can be done. I always urge non-medication interventions first. That might include exercise, READ MORE
Stress and anxiety are so very very common in every society. There are many things that can be done. I always urge non-medication interventions first. That might include exercise, increase in activities with friends, and enjoyable activities. I always put these types of suggestions as absolute doctors orders LOL. There are many many more! With regards to medications, I look at supplements that may also help anxiety and stress. These might be enhancements for a good sleep like melatonin that has been satisfactorily examined by a third-party to make sure that it’s safe, or even GABA. Finally, you ask a very very timely question regarding medications. Currently, psychopharmacologist are using new nomenclature so that the term antidepressant and anti-anxiety agent is not used, but rather, the mechanism of action of the medication is emphasized. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors are some of the most common medications used to help with stress and anxiety. There are many many more. I would encourage you to discuss this with your favorite psychiatrist.

Can I ask my doctor for anxiety medication?

Absolutely! Most importantly, it would be good to get a very thorough evaluation to examine all the feelings you are experiencing, and the many many approaches to anxiety that READ MORE
Absolutely! Most importantly, it would be good to get a very thorough evaluation to examine all the feelings you are experiencing, and the many many approaches to anxiety that can be very helpful to you, including the multitude of medications that are currently available today. Also, even non-medication approaches! Best wishes always!

What is the least sedating antidepressant?

Many people feel that the generic called bupropion he is most likely the least sedating, and potentially the most activating medicine used as an anti-depressant. Keep in mind that READ MORE
Many people feel that the generic called bupropion he is most likely the least sedating, and potentially the most activating medicine used as an anti-depressant. Keep in mind that these must be careful he prescribed, because there are some reasons it may medically be a dangerous medicine in certain situations.Would strongly encourage you to discuss this with your favorite psychiatrist.

Can bipolar people tell they are bipolar?

Great question! Much of the time, but not always. There are many variations. I always remind even psychiatrists that treating one’s self as your own patient has a fool for a READ MORE
Great question!

Much of the time, but not always. There are many variations. I always remind even psychiatrists that treating one’s self as your own patient has a fool for a psychiatrist and a patient. If there is any question in your mind, especially if you have extraordinarily low and extraordinarily high energy states, best to get an external professional consultation.

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Why does my 2 year old son slap himself when angry?

Many many possibilities. The key would be to explain that making mistakes is OK. This could be done by example. And importantly, one has to make sure there is no behavior regarding READ MORE
Many many possibilities. The key would be to explain that making mistakes is OK. This could be done by example. And importantly, one has to make sure there is no behavior regarding physical punishment that your two-year-old is modeling himself after. Role modeling healthy behavior, especially behavior associated with anger or frustration, is very important.

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Does CBD help anxiety?

Truly a very, very excellent question! CBD, actually a category for over 140 different chemicals, needs to be further evaluated. Most studies don’t differentiate between the various READ MORE
Truly a very, very excellent question! CBD, actually a category for over 140 different chemicals, needs to be further evaluated. Most studies don’t differentiate between the various CBD chemicals, and any adulterants or potencies when comparing factors and interventions and research. Most scientifically oriented positions suggest going with non-medication interventions, and possibly holistic and medication approaches, that are FDA approved. Hopefully, soon, CBD will prove to be safe and beneficial!

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Is it bad to take antidepressants for many years?

Excellent question! Depending on the reason you were taking the antidepressant, there classically is a time to continue the medication felt to physiologically help your nervous READ MORE
Excellent question! Depending on the reason you were taking the antidepressant, there classically is a time to continue the medication felt to physiologically help your nervous system recover and get back into homeostasis. There are certain situations that require a longer duration after that stabilization, while other factors may also affect the best duration of taking the medication. So, the answer really needs to be individualized. Importantly, talk to a psychiatrist about the pros and cons remaining on a medication for a given period of time. This has become and extraordinarily important personalized approach to the duration which best suits an individual’s needs.
Hope that helps,

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Does anxiety go away with time?

It certainly can, especially if it’s associated with some environmental stressors. However, learning good stress reduction techniques are extraordinarily helpful now and in the READ MORE
It certainly can, especially if it’s associated with some environmental stressors. However, learning good stress reduction techniques are extraordinarily helpful now and in the future. Would definitely consult a psychiatrist for these options.

All my best,

Lance Steinberg, MD, Inc.

Where can I get diagnosed with bipolar disorder?

A clinician that has a background in both biological psychiatry and psychology, would be the first type of individual that might be especially helpful. There are a lot of medical READ MORE
A clinician that has a background in both biological psychiatry and psychology, would be the first type of individual that might be especially helpful. There are a lot of medical and psychological mimics, and a lot of lay information that is not totally accurate. So, I would strongly encourage you to go to a psychiatrist.

All my best,

Lance Steinberg, MD, Inc.

What vitamins help control anger?

There are many, many potential roots to anger. The most effective and efficient approach in the treatment of anger would be to keep track of all the triggers, and potential benefits READ MORE
There are many, many potential roots to anger. The most effective and efficient approach in the treatment of anger would be to keep track of all the triggers, and potential benefits of your interventions, and talk with a psychiatrist. Hopefully, that will lead both of you to the actual causes of the anger and the best approach is to the treatment of it.

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Can you still get depressed while on antidepressants?

Great question! Anti-depressants tend to make certain aspects of depression much better. Sometimes they do not always resolve. Also, certain things inside and outside the body READ MORE
Great question! Anti-depressants tend to make certain aspects of depression much better. Sometimes they do not always resolve. Also, certain things inside and outside the body can battle back the buoyancy that the medications give you. Also, sometimes medications do “Poopout“. Important to remember is that nobody is happy 100% all the time.I would suggest consulting with the psychiatrist to find out if it is the medication, outside stressors or internal changes, etc. unquestionably, go ahead and talk to your psychiatrist or psychopharmacologist to get back on track.

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What antidepressants can be used during covid-19?

More importantly, if you need an antidepressant, by all means, with doctor supervision, follow through with their instruction. Currently, Prozac, is highly recommended for individuals READ MORE
More importantly, if you need an antidepressant, by all means, with doctor supervision, follow through with their instruction. Currently, Prozac, is highly recommended for individuals with depression that are about 25 years of age or less. Always take with doctor supervision.

All my best,

Lance Steinberg, MD, Inc.

Does breastfeeding cause mood swings?

Breast-feeding is associated with many many emotional connections on so many different levels. Most importantly, if you are experiencing various mood states, the best thing to READ MORE
Breast-feeding is associated with many many emotional connections on so many different levels. Most importantly, if you are experiencing various mood states, the best thing to do is really to talk to a professional. Ideally, a psychiatrist specializing in perinatal moods. It could be very very helpful.

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Can I do virtual therapy for anxiety?

Yes. It may be very, very effective. If you’re willing to find a cognitive behavioral therapist, it can be very very effective. One component has often been mastering relaxation READ MORE
Yes. It may be very, very effective. If you’re willing to find a cognitive behavioral therapist, it can be very very effective. One component has often been mastering relaxation techniques. Another aspect has been the identification of very specific triggers with the chain of events leading to increased anxiety — this can be perceived as very intriguing detective work that will help you solve the clues if you have anxiety. Definitely give it a try!

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