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Dr. Alan David Koenigsberg, M.D.

Psychiatrist

Dr. Alan Koenigsberg is a psychiatrist practicing in Plano, TX. Dr. Koenigsberg is a medical doctor specializing in the care of mental health patients. As a psychiatrist, Dr. Koenigsberg diagnoses and treats mental illnesses. Dr. Koenigsberg 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. Koenigsberg treats conditions like depression, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, insomnia, ADD and other mental illnesses.
40 years Experience
Dr. Alan David Koenigsberg, M.D.
  • Plano, TX
  • Ecole Libre De Med- Lille- France
  • Accepting new patients

When is it the right time to see a doctor for depression?

Based on your description of your sister, the time is right now. She should call her primary care physician for an appointment. If the PCP thinks a consultation with a psychiatrist READ MORE
Based on your description of your sister, the time is right now. She should call her primary care physician for an appointment. If the PCP thinks a consultation with a psychiatrist would be better, the PCP will recommend that.

The time for a consultation is similar to that of any other general medical condition, when the symptoms become a problem in your daily life.

Dr. Koenigsberg

I think I may be depressed. What do I do?

Make an appointment with your family physician for a physical exam as well as an in depth evaluation of your symptoms of depression. You could have a clinical depression or any READ MORE
Make an appointment with your family physician for a physical exam as well as an in depth evaluation of your symptoms of depression. You could have a clinical depression or any of several general medical illnesses.

Is it safe to drink alcohol while taking Zoloft?

For my patients, I generally recommend not drinking alcohol during the initial phase of treatment, but after they are fully well, occasional alcohol is generally fine, as long READ MORE
For my patients, I generally recommend not drinking alcohol during the initial phase of treatment, but after they are fully well, occasional alcohol is generally fine, as long as it is not regularly consumed. I strongly recommend you discuss this with your treating physician.

At night, thinking prevents me from sleeping. Can I do anything about it?

If this has been a problem for a while, you would be best served by a consultation with your primary care physician. There are so many causes of insomnia, and so many treatments, READ MORE
If this has been a problem for a while, you would be best served by a consultation with your primary care physician. There are so many causes of insomnia, and so many treatments, that I can't give you a specific recommendation for a treatment without an exam, and understanding what is causing your insomnia. It could be an anxiety disorder, other medications, sleep hygiene, or any of several general medical illnesses. Go see your doctor.

Patient privacy when it's a child being seen

While this answer may depend on what state you are in, my understanding is that a child under 18 does not have legal confidentiality, and the parent has the legal right to treatment READ MORE
While this answer may depend on what state you are in, my understanding is that a child under 18 does not have legal confidentiality, and the parent has the legal right to treatment knowledge. In any case, depending on your child's age, most therapists welcome active participation by parents, and would welcome your input and give you feedback. Ask for that before beginning your child's treatment.

Depression and Alcohol..Chicken or the egg?

If you have a true alcohol addition, you need to receive specific treatment for that. Indeed, we now have treatments that are safe and effective for alcohol use disorder. You READ MORE
If you have a true alcohol addition, you need to receive specific treatment for that. Indeed, we now have treatments that are safe and effective for alcohol use disorder. You may also have a depressive illness. I would suggest a consultation with a Psychiatrist knowledgeable about both conditions, to best get a solid diagnosis, then proceed with treatment.

Can I go to a psychiatrist instead of a psychologist?

Psychiatrists used to be trained solidly in both general medicine and psychotherapy, as I was. Now, most Psychiatrists do mostly medication treatment. I suggest you call around READ MORE
Psychiatrists used to be trained solidly in both general medicine and psychotherapy, as I was. Now, most Psychiatrists do mostly medication treatment. I suggest you call around to find a Psychiatrist who does both, and get a solid evaluation. You may very well be surprised to find that both psychotherapy and medications are appropriate, but you would never know that if you go to a Psychologist for a specific treatment, instead of an evaluation.