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Dr. Robert A. Dahmes, M.D.

Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr. Robert A Dahmes M.D. is a top Psychiatrist in New Orleans, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Robert A Dahmes M.D. is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Robert A Dahmes M.D. is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Robert A Dahmes M.D. is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In New Orleans, LA, Dr. Robert A Dahmes M.D. is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
44 years Experience
Dr. Robert A. Dahmes, M.D.
  • New Orleans, LA
  • La State Univ Sch of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La
  • Accepting new patients

Does my son need to go through some kind of counselling during my divorce proceedings?

No matter what you do, your son will have reactions to the divorce. How he reacts is dependent on many things, such as age, previous functioning, nature of the breakup, ability READ MORE
No matter what you do, your son will have reactions to the divorce. How he reacts is dependent on many things, such as age, previous functioning, nature of the breakup, ability of parents to communicate in best interest of the kids, external supports for your son such as friends, and a bunch more. If he is below age 6 or 7, counseling is probably a good idea, as younger children generally have the most difficult time with the death of a family (which is how they perceive divorce). But another factor that affects outcome is whether you and his father can learn to communicate about your son's needs in a rational, effective manner and NOT use the child to get back at each other.

What can I do to cope with my late night shifts?

A great question. Shift work definitely affects sleep which, in turn, can affect work productivity. The problem lies within the limbic system of the brain where controls exist READ MORE
A great question. Shift work definitely affects sleep which, in turn, can affect work productivity. The problem lies within the limbic system of the brain where controls exist for setting a sleep cycle. This sleep cycle is tied to sunlight and darkness cycles and can be influenced by all kinds of internal and external factors including emotional state, exercise, diet, smoking, alcohol, etc. So, to compensate for shift work changes, you must make sure that you follow good sleep habits such as not eating right before going to bed, not exercising within 3-4 hours of bedtime, no alcohol or cigarettes before bedtime, use room darkening window coverings in your bedroom, make sure the bedroom is as quiet as can be (or get a white noise machine) and to help "set" a new sleep cycle (i.e. going from a graveyard shift to a daytime shift), you may try a sleep aid for the first couple of bedtimes, such as Benadryl, Melatonin or Valerian.

Rob Dahmes, MD

Is binge eating a sign of depression?

There are many reasons for increased appetite and subsequent weight gain. Anxiety, depression, binge eating disorder are certainly possibilities, but physical illnesses can also READ MORE
There are many reasons for increased appetite and subsequent weight gain. Anxiety, depression, binge eating disorder are certainly possibilities, but physical illnesses can also cause increased appetite and weight gain. Diabetes, thyroid disease and others can cause this behavior. It is best to have a complete physical done by the pediatrician or primary care provider and then a psychiatric consultation if no physicall illnesses are detected.

Is there any medication to cure OCD?

In fact there are several medications approved by the FDA to treat OCD including fluvoxamine, sertraline and others. All are serotonin reuptake inhibitors. In severe cases, medications READ MORE
In fact there are several medications approved by the FDA to treat OCD including fluvoxamine, sertraline and others. All are serotonin reuptake inhibitors. In severe cases, medications such as aripiprazole and Risperdal are used adjunctively. Despite these meds, there is no "cure" for OCD, but with medication and therapy, there can be a significant lessening of troublesome obsessions and compulsions.

Is the need for having sex everyday abnormal?

The old adage is "everything in moderation." If there are no other symptoms, such as addictive sexual behaviors, compulsive masturbation, inability to complete activities of daily READ MORE
The old adage is "everything in moderation." If there are no other symptoms, such as addictive sexual behaviors, compulsive masturbation, inability to complete activities of daily living or physical symptoms, then seeking a medical opinion is not a necessity. Women's sexual desire peaks in the 20s to 30s, and if it doesn't interfere with necessary daily tasks, then you shouldn't be worried. However, if the behavior is causing problems with work, relationships, or there are other physical symptoms, then it would be appropriate to see a physician such as an endocrinologist.

I think I started binge eating. Is it a mental disorder?

It may be Binge-Eating Disorder, but could be other things as well, such as depression or even anxiety. Best route to follow would be to schedule an appointment with a mental health READ MORE
It may be Binge-Eating Disorder, but could be other things as well, such as depression or even anxiety. Best route to follow would be to schedule an appointment with a mental health professional with expertise in eating disorders and, depending on the assessment, develop appropriate treatment plans.

Rob Dahmes MD

Is depression hereditary?

There is a genetic component to depression, but depression is not 100% hereditary. Other internal and external factors also play a role, such as life experiences, family interactions, READ MORE
There is a genetic component to depression, but depression is not 100% hereditary. Other internal and external factors also play a role, such as life experiences, family interactions, etc. With all of that said, you should be aware of depressive symptoms and seek professional help if any arise.

Rob Dahmes, MD