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Rodolfo Rodriguez, PSY

Psychologist

Rodolfo Rodriguez, PhD., is a Psychologist working at Cross Cultural Services And Evaluations, Inc. Dr. Rodriguez received his degrees from University of Nevada, Las Vegas; University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Bachelor's In Psychology); California School of Professional Psychology (Masters). Additionally, Dr. Rodriguez has extensive expertise in Psychology, PTSD, Anxiety, Political Asylum.
Rodolfo Rodriguez, PSY
  • Santa Rosa, CA
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Would I be able to cure my depression with just exercise?

Exercise and nutrition are important in reducing depressive symptoms, but psychotherapy and anti-depressant medication are sometimes indicated.

Small penis and crossdressing?

A small penis has nothing to do with cross dressing. Most male cross dressers are heterosexual. The psychological reason for cross dressing is still unknown. Cross dressers and READ MORE
A small penis has nothing to do with cross dressing. Most male cross dressers are heterosexual. The psychological reason for cross dressing is still unknown. Cross dressers and transgender are two very different things.

Is constantly worrying about getting a sick a disease in itself?

Constantly worrying about getting sick is not a disease, but a mental disorder. It's either due to severe anxiety or hypochondriasis, which is a condition in which a person is READ MORE
Constantly worrying about getting sick is not a disease, but a mental disorder. It's either due to severe anxiety or hypochondriasis, which is a condition in which a person is excessively worried about having a serious illness.

My father started hallucinating. What can we do to help?

The hallucinations could be due to the start of dementia. Talk with his primary health care provider to ensure that the medications are not causing the symptoms. Sometimes people READ MORE
The hallucinations could be due to the start of dementia. Talk with his primary health care provider to ensure that the medications are not causing the symptoms. Sometimes people who are close to dying will see dead relatives.

I am always anxious and have been this way for the last 7 years. What can I do to get a break from this anxiety?

There are many reasons and causes of anxiety. Suffering from depression or anxiety is common among people who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Anxiety is best treated with READ MORE
There are many reasons and causes of anxiety. Suffering from depression or anxiety is common among people who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Anxiety is best treated with good nutrition and exercise. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is helpful in identifying our worries as irrational. Psychologists have proven that 95% of our worries are worthless. Distractions such as music or art can be helpful.

Is OCD a disease or a habit?

OCD is a mental disorder where people have irrational obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. It is usually hereditary and incurable. Psychotherapy and medication is sometimes READ MORE
OCD is a mental disorder where people have irrational obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. It is usually hereditary and incurable. Psychotherapy and medication is sometimes indicated which can be very helpful. There is a personality disorder called Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder which is much different from O.C.D. O.C.P.D. individuals are very perfectionist and everything has to be a certain way

How can I help my daughter recover from accident trauma?

Your daughter suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. P.T.S.D. It occurs after a trauma and the symptoms are nightmares, flashbacks, hyper-vigilant behaviors, startled response READ MORE
Your daughter suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. P.T.S.D. It occurs after a trauma and the symptoms are nightmares, flashbacks, hyper-vigilant behaviors, startled response (startles easily), and dissociation (spacing out). Recovery time is different for every individual. Psychotherapy is very helpful as part of the recovery is cognitively processing the trauma. The best help you can do is to continue emotionally supporting and validating her feelings.

Should I take my son to a psychologist to remove the fear of exams from his mind?

Most fears and phobias can be treated with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy by a trained psychologist. The psychologist can conduct systematic desensitization technique where his fears READ MORE
Most fears and phobias can be treated with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy by a trained psychologist. The psychologist can conduct systematic desensitization technique where his fears will slowly cease.

How can one identify the signs of depression?

Sadness and depression are very different. Sadness is a state of mind and depression is a mental disorder. The most common symptoms are disrupted sleep and appetite. Crying, feeling READ MORE
Sadness and depression are very different. Sadness is a state of mind and depression is a mental disorder. The most common symptoms are disrupted sleep and appetite. Crying, feeling hopeless and helpless are very common. Depressed people lack motivation, feel empty inside and tend to isolate themselves. Suicidal ideation or wishing to be dead is common. Some females suffer from depression around their period. There is a zen saying: "if one understands the impact of negative thoughts they would never have one." Depression leads to negative thoughts, irritability and easily frustrated.

My 17 Year Old Daughter Has Bulimia.

Eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia) are extremely dangerous and difficult to treat. Psychotherapy is often helpful. Most individuals with eating disorders are often depressed, READ MORE
Eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia) are extremely dangerous and difficult to treat. Psychotherapy is often helpful. Most individuals with eating disorders are often depressed, which might need to be treated with anti-depressant medication. Eating disordered individuals are constantly obsessed with their weight and body image. Most severe eating disorders need eating disorder groups or psychiatric residential hospitalization. Eating disorders need a therapist and medical doctor to work together.

My mother seems to be obsessed with her health. Is this abnormal

It depends on your mother's health. But if she is healthy and is obsessed with her health she might be suffering from hypochodriasis (a mental disorder) which is a condition in READ MORE
It depends on your mother's health. But if she is healthy and is obsessed with her health she might be suffering from hypochodriasis (a mental disorder) which is a condition in which a person is excessively worried abut having a serious illness. Psychotherapy might be helpful in identifying her irrational thoughts and help her cope with anxiety.

What could be the reason my mother is just not eating?

It sounds like your mother is definitely depressed. People will often suffer from major depression after the loss of a loved one. The symptoms of depression are disrupted sleep READ MORE
It sounds like your mother is definitely depressed. People will often suffer from major depression after the loss of a loved one. The symptoms of depression are disrupted sleep and appetite. Individuals will often cry or feel like crying. Most depressed individuals feel hopeless and helpless. They will lack motivation and tend to isolate themselves. Your mother should make an appointment with her primary healthcare provider for an evaluation for anti-depressant medication, which is helpful with the physical symptoms.

Difference in treatment between a psychiatrist and psychologist?

Clinical psychologists have Ph.D.s (Doctorate) in clinical psychology and are trained to treat all the mental disorders. They are also trained in conducting extensive psychological READ MORE
Clinical psychologists have Ph.D.s (Doctorate) in clinical psychology and are trained to treat all the mental disorders. They are also trained in conducting extensive psychological or neuropsychological (brain damage) evaluation. Psychiatrists have a Medical Degree in medicine and are mainly trained in treating medical conditions. Psychiatrists have to spend many years on medicine and then they specialize in psychiatry. Psychiatrists mainly prescribe psychotropic medication while psychologist mainly conduct therapy. Most depressed individuals go to therapy first and they are referred to a psychiatric if the psychological believes that medication is warranted

Will I have to be on anti-depressants throughout my life once I start them?

The question is how long have you suffered from depression? If one suffers from depression as a child or adolescent they will probably have bouts of depression throughout their READ MORE
The question is how long have you suffered from depression? If one suffers from depression as a child or adolescent they will probably have bouts of depression throughout their lives. If your depression is not long term than anti-depressant medication is helpful. Important to note that these type of medications are not addictive. My recommendation is to continue taking them until you have about 6-12 without symptoms.