Ruchira S. Densert, MD, is a leading board certified psychiatrist currently serving patients at her private practice in San Diego, California, and at San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital Emergency Room. Dr. Densert brings over 20 years of experience, knowledge, and skills and has expanded her traditional psychiatric practice to include a more integrative and holistic approach. After earning her medical degree in 1997 from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Dr. Densert completed her internship and residency at The National Capital Consortium. She then served as a Navy Psychiatrist taking care of service members and their families and retired after 22 years of honorable service, including two combat deployments.Throughout her years of practicing medicine, Dr. Densert has accrued extensive expertise in treating adults with all spectrum of mood and anxiety disorders, attention deficit disorders, acute and chronic substance use disorders and thought disorders. Her own professional and personal journey has helped her to recognize the limitations that exist in a conventional psychiatric model and need for including a more comprehensive and evidenced based holistic and integrative practices. With incorporation of personalized medicine and motivational psychiatric approaches, she prioritizes underlying causes unique to each individual with holistic and integrative approach with secondary focus on symptomatic relief of symptoms with traditional psychiatric treatment. She finds this approach to provide more effective and sustained treatment outcome.Dr. Densert maintains a professional membership with the American Psychiatric Association, the San Diego Psychiatric Society, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine and the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin in order to stay up to date on all medical advancements in her field.
Education and Training
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences MD 1997
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Dr. Ruchira S. Densert MD's Expert Contributions
Yes, individual and family sessions will help him adjust better with this separation and reduce the risk of long term adjustment difficulties. He will also learn to communicate better with therapy. READ MORE
Hello, I am so sorry to hear about your tragic and unexpected loss. Your son misses his dad a lot and if he is waking up at night that means this is impacting his sleep. I recommend finding a child psychologist in your area who specializes with grief and loss to help your son cope with this very significant loss. I would also recommend that you see someone on your own for support as well. There should be family visits as well to help you and your son better communicate feelings and emotions. Best wishes for you and your family. READ MORE
Hello, duloxetine (Cymbalta) is a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor which is an antidepressant and has been widely used for pain management. I would consult with your provider who is currently managing your Wellbutrin to see how to best approach changing/adding any additional antidepressants. Thank you. READ MORE
I recommend having an open conversation with her to see if there is anything specific that is going on in her life that may be affecting her. If there is a family history of depression or other mental illness then I would also discuss with her possibility of depression. Asking her about her moods, motivation, sleep, appetite and especially safety (thoughts of hurting herself or suicide) are some of the questions you can start with and then help her to seek further evaluation and treatment. READ MORE
Different women have different levels of sex drive which can also be influenced by hormone levels. You should start with your primary care provider or GYN if you are concerned about your sex drive. READ MORE
Antidepressants can have varied side effects depending on which one. I recommend reaching out to his prescribing medical provider and address your concerns as well as have him be evaluated by his primary care provider for other causes. READ MORE
You may be experiencing clinical depression if you are feeling sad most of the times and have negative thoughts. I recommend further evaluation via your primary care or a mental health provider immediately. READ MORE
I recommend that you discuss potential risks of drinking when taking antidepressants further with you prescribing provider. READ MORE
She may be binge eating due to various reasons. Atypical depression can present with increased appetite or she may be overeating to manage her stress. I recommend having her evaluated by her primary care provider first for a medical check up and then request a referral for additional evaluation by a mental health provider as needed. READ MORE
Have a honest conversation with him and express how concerned you are about his emotional well-being. Let him know that it is better to seek help early so it doesn't worsen and start impacting other areas of life. It is also good to help him overcome the stigma of seeking help. READ MORE
Yes, FDA has approved medications for OCD and there are non-medication approaches to help with OCD as well such as therapy. I recommend that your sister seek psychiatric consultation to discuss her treatment options. READ MORE
If your brother is showing signs and symptoms of depression, I recommend encouraging him to seek help as soon as possible. He can start with his primary care provider or directly request a referral to see a mental health provider. READ MORE
Family history of bipolar disorder does predispose you and your brother at risk of potentially having a bipolar disorder. It is a good idea to learn more about signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder and seek evaluation and treatment as soon as possible if there are any concerns of you or your brother experiencing any of the symptoms. You can also take steps to reduce your risk such as abstaining from alcohol or drug use, learning positive coping skills, reducing stress etc... READ MORE
Mental fatigue can be a result of either a physical or mental health condition. I recommend starting with a full medical check up and lab work with your primary care doctor to rule out any medical causes and if it persists request a referral for a psychiatrist to assess if this is related to depression, anxiety or other psychiatric causes. READ MORE
If he doesn't see his alcohol use as a problem, I recommend starting with a primary care visit where he can be fully evaluated, including a full physical exam and lab tests. I would encourage him to then get a referral to a psychologist or psychiatrist for additional support. You can also look up your local outpatient rehabs for additional help. READ MORE
Yes, I agree with you and would encourage her to seek counseling to address the impact of this traumatic relationship and abrupt ending of her relationship. It is better to seek help now to prevent subsequent issues such as depression or anxiety. READ MORE
Psychiatrists can prescribe medications and do therapy as well. Psychologists are able to administer detailed psychological testing and conduct therapy. READ MORE
I recommend starting with your primary care provider for a full medical check up and labs first. After a medical evaluation, if symptoms of binge eating persist, then yes, I would recommend obtaining a psychiatric consultation for a full evaluation. READ MORE
The symptoms described suggest a Binge Eating Disorder. I recommend starting with your primary care provider and request a consultation with a mental health provider for additional evaluation as well as with a nutritionist. It is best not to ignore these symptoms as it can worsen rapidly and persist to become chronic. READ MORE
See my earlier response to your email. READ MORE
Daydreaming may occur to cope with various life stressors, anxiety, boredom, inattentiveness etc... I recommend keeping a journal of what induces you to daydream and what type of comfort it provides for you. If it persists and you are spending a lot of time daydreaming and not getting your work done or avoiding social interactions then I recommend seeking help via a therapist. READ MORE
Your father's memory loss may be due to various factors, one of which could be the medications that are used to treat his schizoaffective disorder. I recommend requesting your father to give you consent to contact his psychiatrist or primary care provider to discuss exactly what is going on and request additional evaluation of his memory loss, including a neurological consultation. READ MORE
Having family members with depression predisposes you and may increase your risk of having depression but you can take preventive measures to help reduce your risk such as stress management, ensuring 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, regular exercising (yoga, walking, swimming etc...), healthy nutrition intake, meditation, seeking support from friends and family are a few things. You can also learn more about depression and keep a close watch and seek early interventions. There is no way to predict that you will have depression when you hit certain age but prevention will help to reduce the risk. READ MORE
Any form of meditation, deep breathing and relaxation techniques will help ease some of the stress and tension you are describing. I recommend downloading one of the free apps for mindfulness meditation such as headspace, 10% happier (I don't get any commission from these companies) or any one of the other forms that appeal to you. I also recommend yoga and exercise and sun exposure early in the morning. Improving your sleep will also help. READ MORE
OCD can't be "cured" but can be treated with therapy and medications, combination of both is most effective. I recommend starting with a psychiatrist who can do a full assessment as well as lab work and then add a therapist. READ MORE
Memory loss can be due to different causes. I recommend starting with your primary care provider for a full physical and baseline labs and request neurological consultation for additional in-depth evaluation. READ MORE
If a family member has a bipolar disorder, it predisposes you to a higher risk of having bipolar disorder. I recommend seeing a mental health provider to further discuss your mood swings and consult on ways to reduce your risk such as (improving your sleep, avoiding all substances and alcohol, stress management etc...) READ MORE
ADHD can't be "cured" fully. Incorporation of other treatment modalities such as behavioral techniques, coping skills, neurofeedback, biofeedback, meditation, exercise etc.. help to reduce the intensity of the symptoms which allow some to require less or no medications. The response also depends on the severity of ADHD symptoms. READ MORE
If you are typically an optimistic or positive thinker and recently have noted changes with your thinking towards negative thoughts, then I recommend getting an evaluation to rule out depression. You can start with your primary care provider or see a therapist to assess your current life circumstances, lifestyle, etc., and then seek appropriate treatment. Negative thinking is one of the signs of depression and if left unaddressed can progress to depression and worsen. If you are having thoughts of suicide/self harm, harm towards others with your negative thinking, I recommend going to your nearest emergency room immediately for help. READ MORE
Premenstrual syndrome occurs due to multiple factors and may be due to your hormone changes, lifestyle such as exercise, diet, and stress as well as neurotransmitter changes associated with hormone changes. If the symptoms are significantly affecting you, I recommend seeking help with your GYN and a psychiatrist. READ MORE
I recommend contacting your primary care provider for further evaluation. You want to get evaluated for various things including infection and trauma. READ MORE
I recommend having your sharp chest pain be evaluated (if you haven't had it checked out yet) by your primary care provider with at least a physical exam and EKG first to ensure that you don't have any underlying cardio-vascular problems that require immediate medical attention. Once it is determined that this is most likely due to panic attacks then the best way to prevent it is managing your stress level, seeking support from friends and family, exercising/yoga/meditation. If they persists, please seek psychiatric consultation and treatment. READ MORE
It sounds like you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed and your mind has difficulty quieting down. I recommend following a good sleep hygiene as well as some form of quieting activities prior to bedtime to start quieting down your thoughts. This could be warm shower, bath with Epsom magnesium salt, listening to relaxing music, meditation, or light reading. You can also try magnesium supplement or melatonin. If the sleep problems persists, please seek a consultation via your primary care provider or psychiatrist. I do not recommend long term use of sleep medications to manage this. READ MORE
You will be able to request information about this patient's psychiatric treatment plan by having the patient provide you with a written release of information. The psychiatrist will also request release of information from the patient so you will be able to communicate and collaborate with each other. This would be the most comprehensive way to treat this patient. Please let me know if you have additional questions. READ MORE
Yes, the treatment varies from person to person and their level of functioning. I recommend having a family meeting with all the providers to discuss your son's strengths and areas of focus and set up a treatment plan that best fits your son's needs. READ MORE
Hello, It is recommended to avoid alcohol use with psychotropic medications due to alcohol being a CNS depressant and drug-alcohol interactions. Each individual must weigh risks versus benefits of combining alcohol with medications. It is recommended that Zoloft not be abruptly discontinued due to serotonin withdrawal syndrome. Please consult with the medical provider who is prescribing you Zoloft for additional questions related to alcohol use while taking medications. Thank you for your question. Kind regards, Ruchira Densert, MD READ MORE
Hello, If your depressive symptoms are present for 6 months then it is most likely a clinical depression rather than associated with your retirement or other life circumstances. You can start with either your primary care provider for an initial screening and assessment or seek therapy to address psychosocial stressors or conusult with a psychiatrist for a full evaluation and treatment. READ MORE
Hello, there are many underlying causes that impact emotional and mental effort, including chronic or acute stress, anxiety or mood disorder, sleep disturbances or other mental health or physical conditions. You can start with your primary care provider or seek a mental health consultation, if it starts to impact your work performance or persists or worsens. Thank you for consulting. READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
- American Psychiatric Association
- San Diego Psychiatric Society
- American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin
- American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine
- Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine
- National Naval Medical Center
Charities and Philanthropic Endeavors
- 22 years of active service in the United States Navy including two combat deployments as a military psychiatrist.
Professional Society Memberships
- American Psychiatric Association, San Diego Psychiatric Society, American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine, Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine
What do you attribute your success to?
- Education, patient care, dedication, love for the field and helping others, and making a difference.
Hobbies / Sports
- Family, Friends, Traveling, Reading, Yoga, Hiking
Favorite professional publications
- All major psychiatry, medical and integrated publications and research
- San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital
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