Ashok Bharucha, Geriatric Psychiatrist
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Ashok Bharucha

Psychiatrist | Psychiatry

143 Edgewood Drive W South Abington Township PA, 18411


Dr. Ashok Bharucha is a psychiatrist practicing in South Abington Township, PA. Dr. Bharucha is a medical doctor specializing in the care of mental health patients. As a psychiatrist, Dr. Bharucha diagnoses and treats mental illnesses. Dr. Bharucha 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. Bharucha treats conditions like depression, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, insomnia, ADD and other mental illnesses.

Education and Training

Penn State College of Medicine MD 1992

Harvard Medical School Residency in adult psychiatry 1996

U of WA School of Medicine Fellowship, geropsychiatry 1997

Bread Loaf School of English MA 2017

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Ashok Bharucha
Ashok Bharucha's Expert Contributions
  • What is the best therapy for ADHD?

    In my experience, many individuals with ADHD benefit from a coach who can assist with organization and time management skills. In terms of psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy approaches are probably most applicable. There are many excellent books on the topic as well, all widely available. Russell Barkley's works are highly thought of, but there are many others, including audiobook options for those who might focus better with audio than reading. READ MORE

  • What medication treats both depression and anxiety?

    Virtually all available antidepressants treat both anxiety and depression - selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI), as well as older classes of medications. READ MORE

  • Sleep issues?

    There are certainly many sedative-hypnotics, however, the key is a thorough understanding of the sleep problem. If the issue is chronic, a formal sleep medicine consult would be very prudent. Once the nature of the problem is clear, s/he would be able to develop a treatment plan with you. READ MORE

  • Can antidepressants cause health issues?

    Antidepressants can certainly lead to weight gain for some individuals, and sexual side effects are common, but reversible, once an individual stops taking them. In the elderly, falls and fractures are a concern. Serotonergic antidepressants may increase risk of bleeding. It's important to point out though that depression and anxiety have serious adverse medical consequences of their own, and their treatment probably does more good than harm. Nevertheless, the risks and benefits must always be balanced at the individual level. READ MORE

  • Do antidepressants help with mood swings?

    Mood swings must be properly evaluated for diagnostic clarity. For example, if the underlying problem appears to be bipolar disorder, antidepressants may exacerbate the problem. Many individuals with major depression do, however, experience irritability and anger and these may benefit from an antidepressant, but the key is a comprehensive diagnostic assessment of the mood swings. READ MORE

  • Can you live a full life on antidepressants?

    Yes. Most individuals tolerate antidepressants well. Most side effects are a temporary nuisance. Depression is a recurrent condition for many, even with active antidepressant treatment, so properly supervised maintenance treatment would be very sound. READ MORE

  • What drugs are used to treat addiction?

    Several are commonly used. Naltrexone may be the most common. Acamprosate is also available. Some decades ago, Antabuse was used to produce a very unpleasant response to alcohol (nausea, vomiting, flushing, etc), but rarely used today. There is some indication that Topamax may have a role to play in managing alcohol use disorders too. READ MORE

  • I was prescribed Adderall when I was 12, could I get it again at 22?

    About half (and likely more) of individuals diagnosed with ADHD during childhood continue to have persistent symptoms as adults. Hyperactivity tends to dissipate over adolescence, but focus problems tend to persist, and in some case, get worse as the demands of adult life exceed the person's ability to cope. Your doctor would probably want an ADHD assessment from a psychologist to ascertain if you still have problematic symptoms, but yes, stimulants are prescribed to adults. READ MORE

  • Can medications help with anxiety attacks?

    Yes, antidepressants are usually the first line treatment if they are frequent and severe, along with cognitive behavioral therapy. For milder attacks that are infrequent, cognitive behavioral therapy alone may be effective. In addition to antidepressants, benzodiazepine anxiety medications are sometimes prescribed, but these have the potential for developing tolerance and abuse, so they should not be used as first line treatment, at least on a long-term basis. READ MORE

  • Is psychotherapy good for anger management?

    Yes, most emotional and behavioral health issues require some component of psychotherapy, and when indicated, medications. The key with any mental health condition is a comprehensive evaluation of medical, psychological, and social factors that may be contributing to the picture. Without a clear, thorough understanding of the contributing factors, it would be hard to properly target the treatment. For example, one would not want to miss thyroid disease presenting as depression or heavy cannabis use as the precipitant for a psychosis. READ MORE

  • How do I stop panic attacks at night?

    As with any psychiatric symptoms, a thorough medical and psychiatric evaluation is a first step to generate the list of possible causes of the problem. If it truly is panic attacks, cognitive-behavioral therapy or certain types of medications may be helpful. An underlying sleep disorder such as sleep apnea would need to be ruled out as well. READ MORE

  • How long should I drink antidepressants for depression?

    The first bout of major depression should be treated anywhere from 6 to 9 months at a minimum after symptoms resolve. The 2nd bout should be treated for at least 2 years, and 3 or more bouts means the risk of relapse without medications will be very high, and medication(s) should be continued indefinitely unless it stops working or you run into major side effects or other problems. READ MORE

  • How do you stop panic attacks without medication?

    Cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness based approaches are likely the best option. Like all conditions, it would be prudent to have the panic attacks properly evaluated, medically and psychiatrically, to be sure some other underlying problem is not being missed. Alcohol and substance use could also trigger panic and other symptoms, so a full diagnostic workup would be the first step. READ MORE

  • Can a psychologist treat panic attacks?

    Yes, psychologists are trained in many forms of psychotherapies. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is most often used for panic attacks, but there are other approaches too. READ MORE

  • Can psychotherapy treat bipolar?

    Psychotherapy is a critical ingredient in the management of virtually all psychiatric conditions. Depending on the severity of the disorder, medications would be recommended too. Interpersonal Social Rhythms Therapy is one format that is developed for bipolar disorder. READ MORE

  • Should I take medications if I have depression?

    Various forms of psychotherapies can be highly effective for mild to moderate forms of depression, however, moderate to severe depression may require medications. READ MORE

  • Is bipolar disorder serious?

    Bipolar disorder is difficult to diagnose; many who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder may have other conditions. If the diagnosis is accurate, yes, it is a disorder that requires treatment and close follow-up. With proper treatment, however, one can lead a full life. READ MORE

  • Do panic attacks go away?

    Panic attacks tend to be periodic. One may have a cluster of attacks then none for long periods of time or one may have an attack every so often. Stress may play a role. Evaluation by a psychologist or psychiatrist would help. READ MORE

  • Are anti-anxiety medications safe?

    Anxiety disorders are treated with psychotherapy when mild to moderate, and typically antidepressants when moderate to severe. Antidepressants do not have tolerance and dependence potential if that is what you mean by "safe." The pure anxiety medications, benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Valium, etc.), do have the potential for tolerance and dependence and hence should be used cautiously. READ MORE

  • What medicine helps with ADHD?

    There are several different types of medications that can help, however, medications must never be viewed as the sole management strategy. Psychostimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall are most common, but they do have the potential for tolerance and dependence. Newer medications for ADHD such as Strattera do not have abuse potential. Medications such as Clonidine and Guanfacine are likely to help the hyperactivity symptoms. READ MORE

Areas of expertise and specialization

psychiatrygeriatric psychiatryDementia careTreatment of mood, anxiety, trauma disorders


  • Best Doctors in America 2009 Best Doctors 

Professional Memberships

  • American association for geriatric  
  • American Psychiatric Association  
  • American geriatric society  
  • Neuroscience Education Institute  

Ashok Bharucha's Practice location

143 Edgewood Drive W -
South Abington Township, PA 18411
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143 Edgewood Dr W, South Abington Township, PA 18411, USA
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143 Edgewood Dr W, South Abington Township, PA 18411, USA
Head southeast on Edgewood Dr W toward Pleasant Vista Dr
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Turn left onto Shady Lane Rd
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Turn right onto US-11 S
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Continue straight onto Mulberry St
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143 Edgewood Dr W, South Abington Township, PA 18411, USA
Head southeast on Edgewood Dr W toward Pleasant Vista Dr
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Turn left onto Shady Lane Rd
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Turn right onto US-11 S
5.5 mi
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