Dr. Frank Stanton is a psychiatrist practicing in San Leandro, CA. Dr. Stanton is a medical doctor specializing in the care of mental health patients. As a psychiatrist, Dr. Stanton diagnoses and treats mental illnesses. Dr. Stanton 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. Stanton treats conditions like depression, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, insomnia, ADD and other mental illnesses.
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Univ of Southern Ca Sch of Med, Los Angeles Ca 1965
Psychiatry and NeurologyAmerican Board of Psychiatry and NeurologyABPN- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Dr. Frank A. Stanton M.D.'s Expert Contributions
The answer to your question involves a number of variables. Another way your question could be asked is "how long am I going to suffer from withdrawal from the antidepressants I took?" This depends on the type of antidepressant you took and how long you took it. A very good guide to answering these questions is found in the book called "The Antidepressant Solution" by Joseph Glenmullen MD. This is a clear description of the pros and cons of using antidepressants and a guide to safely withdrawing from them. READ MORE
I would read a book like The Antidepressant Solution by Joseph Glenmullen, MD, which gives very careful instructions on getting off medications. From my experience, the medications are not treating disorders, they are blocking communication between feeling centers and thinking centers in the brain. People mistake feeling less with treatment. You might also consult the website for Mad in America which was started by Robert Whitaker. This gives information on all the main medication groups. I am not familiar with all the modalities that you mention in your message. Thus, I can't be of much help with them. Although I was trained as a psychiatrist, I do not use medications. I help people to solve problems in their lives. I find that when people can feel engaged with another person helping them they do not need medications. READ MORE
That sounds pretty horrible. It sounds like your polyps are making your life miserable. Probably your doctor is trying to treat them without surgery, but at some point, that may need to be considered. I don't know if all of your panic attacks and dizziness are connected to your polyps. You certainly don't have to have therapy but you may want someone to help you get through this difficult time - that could be someone like a medical social worker who knows about physical problems. At the same time, anyone that you can really trust who you can talk to regarding these difficulties could be really helpful. READ MORE
I don t know of a specific over-the-counter medication that is sold as an antidepressant. In my opinion, learning some mindfulness practices would be much more helpful. I would also recommend you read Anatomy of an Epidemic to get a better idea of how medications fit into the larger picture of dealing with depression. READ MORE
I would recommend that you find a good therapist - someone who you feel you can really trust who has experience in treating difficulties such as you are experiencing. In my experience, medications give only temporary relief. READ MORE
I doubt you have depression. It is more likely that you are experiencing a temporary low mood. Depression is defined as a condition that includes depressed mood, almost no interest in activities, significant weight loss or gain, poor sleep, no energy and that these symptoms are present continuously for at least 2 weeks. You say you are bummed out for no reason. In my experience, when we look carefully, we always do find a reason it just might not be obvious at first glance. READ MORE
It all depends on context. In some situations, yes, it can make one feel more depressed. In other situations, one may feel more empowered. The important thing is to notice its effect on yourself - if it is making you feel more depressed, you avoid it. READ MORE
I think there are two aspects to consider in answering your question. To my mind, the less important aspect is the method of CBT which is to examine your thought patterns and determine which of them is causing you more pain so that they can be identified and changed. The more important aspect, to me, is the actual person of the therapist who is helping you. If that person forms a good relationship with you and you feel safe and heard with that person, it is likely that the therapy will be helpful to you. That relationship is critical. READ MORE
First, it is important to know exactly what kinds of difficulties your friend is experiencing. The diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder is an extremely broad term that could mean anything from the old diagnosis of Manic Depressive Disorder to mood swings or occasionally getting mad. The old diagnosis of Manic Depression usually referred to people having periods of Mania where they would become super active, start new businesses, overrun other people's needs and lives and finally crash in destructiveness - then get very depressed. Mania sometimes ends up being dealt with my law enforcement. Although medications are most often used to "control" mood swings, they are not effective in the long term. Once a person begins to learn the pattern of their moods and what they are related to, they can naturally start making changes that will lead them to become more successful in their lives. Often, in order to do this, they need a really good therapist that can help them identify patterns and help them recognize how to use their strengths. READ MORE
The problem you mention is one that I often had myself. Over time, I found several things helped. One was to become aware of my breathing and my body and keep returning to those awarenesses. Another was to imagine, ahead of time, that I was sitting across from just one or two people who were interested in what I had to say and then to be clear about the most important things I wanted to say to them. I find it is important to switch from the wish to give "a good presentation" to the feeling that I have something really important to say and these people need to hear it. During the actual presentation I like to pick certain people out of the audience and imagine that I am speaking directly to them. It can help to write out exactly what you are going to say and then rehearse it. What you will likely find is that, as you rehearse you will find places where you become more spontaneous and less dependent on a fixed text. Any time that you can also inject humor into the subject, it will help you to be more spontaneous. Eventually you will be able to leave the fear of being judged and realize that you have something valuable that your audience needs to hear from you. READ MORE
There are many online programs that could help you. In particular, programs that help you become more mindful can be of great help to you. For weight loss I understand the online program Noom has very helpful information. Once you know you can take action in these ways your worrying will decrease. It could also be of great help if you found a good therapist who was dedicated to helping you clarify the patterns that have led you to feel that you have no power to change your perceptions and your sense of powerlessness. READ MORE
The subject of whether emotional patterns, whether it is depression, anxiety, or psychosis, can be inherited is a big subject. The author Jay Joseph has written books about this and concludes that there is no dependable evidence that these difficulties are inherited. There was great hope from the 1950's onward that genetic patterns would be discovered that would make it clear how difficulties were passed on from generation to generation. However, no clear evidence was discovered and promise of "twin studies" also failed to confirm genetic transmission. Therefore, I would answer your question by saying that ADHD is not inherited from either the mother or the father. READ MORE
It is important to know which difficulties your son was having that led to someone giving him the diagnosis of ADHD. Despite the many claims of experts, there is no genetic or biological basis for difficulties with attention. Once a pattern has been elucidated and become clear, it is usually possible to devise strategies that will help the person involved. Often, the child or teenager needs help in organizing their work and in focusing on it. Once they begin to experience mastery and agency, the difficulties usually can be overcome. READ MORE
Any food that has the effect of reducing attention. READ MORE
The accepted answer to your question for many years was that antidepressants increased serotonin in the brain and in that way improved people's moods. Subsequently studies have shown that this theory about serotonin is not viable. Although it is not well publicized there is now clear evidence that these medications work by disrupting the connections between the feeling brain and the thinking brain so that the person does not feel as much. In almost all cases of depression, the depression is a sign that the person is not feeling that they have any real power in their life. You can learn much more about this subject by going online to a site called Mad in America or by reading the book by Robert Whitaker called Anatomy of an Epidemic. READ MORE
A geriatric psychiatrist should have specialized training and knowledge in assessing and treating older clients like your mother. READ MORE
Although it is common to treat anxiety with medications, in my experience, this is not a lasting cure. Very often anxiety attacks are related to life changes and events which are not obvious, but in the background. Often it requires some detective work to identify triggers that are leading to the anxiety. By carefully tracking the anxiety, you can expose the issues that are causing it. READ MORE
I would recommend that you find an experienced marriage counselor who can assess what led your husband to this affair and who can help you make your marriage more secure. READ MORE
There are some excellent books on depression: Unstuck by James S. Gordon MD, Lost Connections by Johann Hari, and Getting Undepressed by Gary Emery. If you can find a good therapist that can be very helpful. Most doctors will prescribe you antidepressants, but I would not recommend that you use them unless you have thoroughly researched the pros and cons. A website such as Mad in America will give you that information. READ MORE
The brief answer to your question is yes. Tony Stanton MD READ MORE
The short answer is yes. It’s very likely Tony Stanton MD READ MORE
If you feel that you have something physically wrong with you, then certainly you should get checked by a doctor. However, if you are facing some challenging questions about your life, I would try and find a good therapist or counselor to help you look at those questions. READ MORE
As you probably know the diagnosis of autism refers to a whole spectrum of disorders. Nearly all of these share a difficulty with communication and engagement with others. These difficulties can certainly lead to symptoms of depression, but there is no inherent degree of depression associated with the diagnosis of autistic disorders. READ MORE
Yes, you are making the right decision for your daughter. I would recommend being extremely conservative in using medication in these circumstances. Your daughter should be given more chances to address the circumstances that are leading to her anxiety. A therapist should be able to help her. READ MORE
Hypnosis can be very effective in stopping smoking depending on finding the right person. I have seen smoking stopped with one session. Tony Stanton, MD READ MORE
People with narcissistic traits can respond positively to therapy with the right therapist. They can change. T. Stanton, MD READ MORE
Clearly, your son has the intelligence to succeed. I might first check to see if there is a school counselor who can assess what has changed - you could also get names of counselors in your area and ask for a more comprehensive assessment. READ MORE
Usually, there is a trigger that the person is not aware of. READ MORE
You may need to monitor their time together more carefully and separate them if you see conflict. Your engagement is going to be much more helpful than talking to your son. READ MORE
No, schizophrenia does not cause memory loss per se. Medications can make the retrieval of memories more difficult, though. READ MORE
I think it would be important to know a clear history of how this developed. Was there a point in time when sex became more important - what is your sexual history and what is the state of your marriage. I would consult a marriage counselor if this is an issue that is causing problems in your relationship. Tony Stanton, MD READ MORE
There are medications that are prescribed to help OCD, but the most lasting results appear to be with therapy. A book that is useful, even though years old, is The Mind and the Brain by Jeffrey M. Schwartz. Tony Stanton, MD READ MORE
You are right - prescribing is a major difference. However, it is important to know the background of either one because there are big differences in training depending on what you are looking for. Many professionals are on a website like LinkedIn where you can see their backgrounds and what they specialize in. Tony Stanton, M.D. READ MORE
Yes, I think it would be helpful to study mindfulness - the books by Jon Kabat-Zinn would be a good place to start. Tony Stanton, MD READ MORE
I would find a good Alanon meeting and then a good sponsor at the meeting. You may need to try a few meetings before you find one that fits. What is best to do for your husband depends on many factors and usually a good meeting will lead you to the best answers. Tony Stanton, M.D. READ MORE
This is not a question that can be well answered by yes or no. It is best answered by his medical doctor who can evaluate the many variables that can be involved. Tony Stanton MD READ MORE
I would recommend that you find a good therapist - one that can really address all the possible factors that could be leading to your increase in eating. Overeating is a message from your body and you need to find out what the message is trying to tell you. You might also want to read Food over Medicine, which is a description of how often food is the most important factor in our health. READ MORE
The short answer to your question is "yes" ADHD can be cured. The longer answer involves knowing exactly what kinds of symptoms your son has suffered - in particular how much has been "behavior problems" and how much has been difficulty with focus and attention. These require different kinds of strategies. Tony Stanton, MD READ MORE
I think one of the best things you could do is to learn about mindfulness meditation - probably Jon Kabat-Zinn is the best place to start. This should give you a skill to "destress" wherever you are. Tony Stanton MD READ MORE
I neglected to give you the authors of the book! Jeffery Schwartz MD and Sharon Begley Tony READ MORE
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