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Dr. Naomi Jacobs, PH.D.

Psychologist

Dr. Naomi Jacobs PH.D. is a top Psychologist in Jacksonville, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Naomi Jacobs PH.D. is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Naomi Jacobs PH.D. is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Naomi Jacobs PH.D. is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Jacksonville, FL, Dr. Naomi Jacobs PH.D. is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
22 years Experience
Dr. Naomi Jacobs, PH.D.
  • Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
  • Northwestern University Medical School
  • Accepting new patients

My sister had a car accident last month. What can we do to help her?

You should mobilize family and friends to provide her with support and help her establish safety and predictability in her life. She can use meditation, visualization, and yoga READ MORE
You should mobilize family and friends to provide her with support and help her establish safety and predictability in her life. She can use meditation, visualization, and yoga to decrease anxiety and depression and calm her mind and body. She should also meet with a mental health professional to increase coping skills and utilize psychotropic medication as necessary to manage psychological and physiological effects of anxiety to increase her sense of control and well being. In addition, thorough expression of her thoughts and feelings in a safe therapeutic environment will help process the trauma and further diminish her symptoms. Finally, her therapist can help increase her willingness and ability to resume driving activities by using cognitive behavioral techniques i.e. challenging irrational thoughts and replacing them with rationale alternatives and gradually exposing her to her feared experiences. After each success, her confidence will increase to resume driving once more.

My husband gets very violent sometimes. What should I do?

The violent behavior your husband exhibits adversely affects the emotional well being of everyone in your household. In addition, his violence can eventually escalate and become READ MORE
The violent behavior your husband exhibits adversely affects the emotional well being of everyone in your household. In addition, his violence can eventually escalate and become directed at you or other family members. He should seek help from a mental health professional and if possible, you should accompany him to insure full disclosure of his violent behavior. If he does not want you to attend, you can write a letter to the mental health professional explaining your concerns. You should also seek help for yourself from a mental health professional for support and guidance. If you have children, they too would benefit from support and help coping with the anger and violence their father displays.

Why am I such an introvert?

It sounds like you suffer from social anxiety which introverts often deal with to various degrees. Causes of social anxiety include a biological predisposition, environmental factors, READ MORE
It sounds like you suffer from social anxiety which introverts often deal with to various degrees. Causes of social anxiety include a biological predisposition, environmental factors, and faulty thought patterns. Because you describe having social anxiety which significantly affects important aspects of your life and causes significant distress, I believe you have Social Anxiety Disorder. You would benefit from meeting with a psychologist or other mental health professional who can provide you with support and help you develop effective coping skills, increased self-esteem, and insight into unresolved issues that may be contributing to your difficulties. Prescribed psychotropic medication from a psychiatrist can also help increase your resilience to anxiety and anxiety provoking situations.

How serious can anorexia be?

The most serious risk associated with anorexia is death. Medical complications develop because malnutrition or starvation affect most major organ systems. Consequently, individuals READ MORE
The most serious risk associated with anorexia is death. Medical complications develop because malnutrition or starvation affect most major organ systems. Consequently, individuals suffering from anorexia often need medical attention immediately and should get evaluated by their doctor. A mental health provider who specializes in treating eating disorders can successfully help individuals with anorexia in the earlier stages or when they have a milder condition. But individuals with anorexia that have moderate to severe disorders generally need inpatient treatment at a facility for eating disorders before they can start outpatient treatment to maintain and continue progress. You can help your sister by reminding her that you love her and that you support her getting help to learn how to reach and maintain a weight that she finds comfortable but that also fosters good physical and mental health.

My 17 Year Old Daughter Has Bulimia.

Because bulimia is destructive to her physically and emotionally, I do recommend an inpatient program specifically for eating disorders. She is almost an adult at which time you READ MORE
Because bulimia is destructive to her physically and emotionally, I do recommend an inpatient program specifically for eating disorders. She is almost an adult at which time you will no longer have that opportunity to help her get appropriate treatment. As a parent, you will know you have done all you can and hopefully both of you will feel good about the decision in retrospect.

What is masked depression?

I believe masked depression refers to symptoms a person reports or exhibits that one typically does not associate with depression yet the person does suffer from underlying depression. READ MORE
I believe masked depression refers to symptoms a person reports or exhibits that one typically does not associate with depression yet the person does suffer from underlying depression. For example, a teenager may primarily exhibit oppositional behavior increasing the possibility that his or her depression never gets recognized.

Can counseling help my husband's behavior?

Marriage counseling can help foster communication and understanding which can lead to identifying the root of your husband's behavior changes and potential solutions. The marriage READ MORE
Marriage counseling can help foster communication and understanding which can lead to identifying the root of your husband's behavior changes and potential solutions. The marriage counselor may refer your husband to a psychologist for a psychological evaluation. Depending on the diagnosis, treatment could include anger and stress management and possibly a recommendation to meet with a psychiatrist for psychotropic medication.

Can depression medicines cause excessive sleeping?

Side effects from medication can include sleepiness. Sometimes a side effect is temporary and will subside after a few weeks. If this does not occur, speak to your doctor about READ MORE
Side effects from medication can include sleepiness. Sometimes a side effect is temporary and will subside after a few weeks. If this does not occur, speak to your doctor about alternative medications less likely to have this side effect.

My wife is a shopaholic. Is it a mental problem?

The term shopaholic suggests she consistently turns to shopping for a temporary escape from stressful, sad, or mundane aspects of life and while shopping, she experiences a significant READ MORE
The term shopaholic suggests she consistently turns to shopping for a temporary escape from stressful, sad, or mundane aspects of life and while shopping, she experiences a significant elevation in her mood. Consequences can include overspending and avoidance of addressing underlying feelings, thoughts, or situations contributing to her preoccupation with shopping. She could benefit from exploring this possibility with a mental health professional who can help her learn alternative constructive ways to cope.

How can I possibly console my son?

I recommend your son meet with his pediatrician who can inform him of normal penis size variation at his age and what physical changes he can expect as he continues to go through READ MORE
I recommend your son meet with his pediatrician who can inform him of normal penis size variation at his age and what physical changes he can expect as he continues to go through puberty into his teenage years. If this issue persists, he would also benefit from meeting with a mental health professional who can help him: 1) learn to challenge his irrational critical thoughts and replace them with rationale supportive alternatives; 2) increase his self esteem by helping him identify aspects about himself that he or other people value and that contribute far more to defining him than his penis size.

How can I help my daughter recover from accident trauma?

She needs support from family and friends and a safe environment where she finds demands familiar and predictable. She may benefit from psychotropic medication to reduce reactivity READ MORE
She needs support from family and friends and a safe environment where she finds demands familiar and predictable. She may benefit from psychotropic medication to reduce reactivity and hyperarousal. Meditation, visualization, and yoga can decrease anxiety and depression and calm the mind and body. Physical exercise can help release stress. She should give herself opportunities to feel and express the emotional pain associated with the accident and the loss of her friends. Constructive outlets include creating art, writing in a journal, talking to a person she trusts, or simply crying someplace she feels safe. Over time, this process leads to acceptance of what she cannot change in the past and increased ability to focus on the positive aspects of her current life and what she can enjoy and accomplish now.

Can weight loss become an obsession?

Your daughter shows signs of developing an eating disorder where weight loss or restricting food intake leads to increased self-worth, control in one's life, a distracting purpose, READ MORE
Your daughter shows signs of developing an eating disorder where weight loss or restricting food intake leads to increased self-worth, control in one's life, a distracting purpose, or decreased anxiety, even when it adversely affects one's emotional and physical well-being. You should seek treatment for her with a mental health professional, preferably one who specializes in treating eating disorders. Treatment goals include: 1) increasing her willingness and ability to use constructive means to maintain a healthy weight, 2) replacing irrational thoughts with rationale alternatives, 3) identifying and resolving underlying issues contributing to her behavior.

Do antipsychotic medicines cause weight gain?

Taking some medications often results in weight gain. You should meet with her doctor and discuss what alternative medications she could try that decrease the likelihood of weight READ MORE
Taking some medications often results in weight gain. You should meet with her doctor and discuss what alternative medications she could try that decrease the likelihood of weight gain. You can also seek out a second opinion by meeting with another doctor.

Is OCD a disease or a habit?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) consist of obsessions and compulsions that cause significant distress or functional impairment. Similar to other mental disorders, causes of READ MORE
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) consist of obsessions and compulsions that cause significant distress or functional impairment. Similar to other mental disorders, causes of OCD include a biological predisposition, environmental factors, and flawed thought patterns. Treatment consists of meeting with a specialist for therapy with or without the use of medication. Prescribed psychotropic medication often successfully decreases the severity of symptoms. A mental health provider who specializes in treating OCD uses a combination of mindfulness, cognitive therapy, and behavioral therapy to help most people who suffer from OCD successfully overcome it.

How can I stop nightmares about an event from my childhood?

Years after the danger has passed, traumatic memories can spontaneously return into consciousness, both as flashbacks during waking states and as traumatic nightmares during sleep. READ MORE
Years after the danger has passed, traumatic memories can spontaneously return into consciousness, both as flashbacks during waking states and as traumatic nightmares during sleep. Minor, seemingly insignificant reminders can also trigger these memories, which often return with all the vividness and emotional impact of the original event. In addition, nightmares of the traumatic event can represent incomplete healing of the past trauma. To decrease the likelihood of reminders and foster healing, you can work on establishing safety in your environment and relationships and make conscious efforts to distinguish the past from the present. You would benefit from meeting with a mental health professional who can help you establish safety in your life and help you more thoroughly process the past trauma to decrease the likelihood of re-experiencing it during sleep.

What is the effect of antidepressants on a baby in the womb?

Medications vary in their risk of birth defects at different stages of pregnancy. I recommend that you and your wife meet with her doctor to discuss your concerns.

Can kidney disease cause depression?

Chronic illness can adversely affect a person's quality of life, identity, and expectations for the future precipitating sadness, hopelessness, poor self-worth, and other symptoms READ MORE
Chronic illness can adversely affect a person's quality of life, identity, and expectations for the future precipitating sadness, hopelessness, poor self-worth, and other symptoms of depression. Because stress and depression can suppress the immune system, a person's medical condition can become worse. People with chronic illness benefit from a willingness to adjust to challenging circumstances and live the best that they can given their limitations, consistent efforts to identify positive aspects of themselves and their lives, having or developing a purpose in their lives, and spiritual beliefs that can provide them with a different perspective and add meaning, purpose, and hope to their lives.

What are the best ways to overcome negative thoughts?

You can make a habit of identifying positive aspects of yourself, other people, or circumstances. When you have negative thoughts, you can stop yourself and reframe them in a READ MORE
You can make a habit of identifying positive aspects of yourself, other people, or circumstances. When you have negative thoughts, you can stop yourself and reframe them in a more positive manner. However, you should allow yourself opportunities to constructively express sadness, hurt, anger or fear which everyone experiences when dealing with adversity or loss. Then, transitioning to a hopeful and positive attitude can help one persevere, cope, problem solve and move on.

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

Yes. A psychologist could serve as another supportive, encouraging adult in his life and help him: 1) identify irrational fears or negative thoughts and replace them with rational, READ MORE
Yes. A psychologist could serve as another supportive, encouraging adult in his life and help him: 1) identify irrational fears or negative thoughts and replace them with rational, positive alternatives, 2) develop coping skills to deal with symptoms of anxiety that he finds distressing and interfere with him demonstrating his potential, 3) understand how to more effectively prepare for exams to increase successful performance on them, 4) resolve any underlying issues contributing to his current difficulties.

I am unable to manage my stress. How can I help myself?

Use a planner or calendar to write down how you can realistically use each hour of each day to meet your deadlines. Include blocks of time to exercise, relax, pursue hobbies READ MORE
Use a planner or calendar to write down how you can realistically use each hour of each day to meet your deadlines. Include blocks of time to exercise, relax, pursue hobbies or spend time with family or friends to the extent that doing so is possible given your deadlines. Having outlets, balance in your life, or something to look forward to can help one work efficiently and promote good mental health. Finally, you can remind yourself that despite your worry, you always come through. Or, if you don't come through, you can remind yourself that you are making changes to insure that you will. You can ask yourself what is the worst thing that can happen? Is it catastrophic or can it be handled? You can also take a moment to gain perspective, reminding yourself of all the things going right and that you feel grateful for in your life.