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Dr. Maureen Nash

Geriatric Psychiatry
Portland, OR
25 years experience female

Locations

Office

Portland, OR

Address

Portland, OR
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: Closed
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Fax

(503) 278-5380

About

Bio

Maureen C. Nash, M.D., F.A.P.A. is board certified in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry. She has worked with older adults on psychiatric and neurological problems since 2002. Education and knowledge in addition to specific treatments are essential to help people deal with chronic behavioral and mental health conditions. She earned her medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She went on to complete her residency at the combined internal medicine/psychiatry residency program at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., where she also served as Chief Resident. She is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is on the clinical faculty of Oregon Health and Sciences University School of Medicine. She has served on the Board of Directors, Clinical Practice, Research, and Education committees of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. Currently she is on the American Psychiatric Association's Council on Geriatric Psychiatry.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Geriatric Psychiatry

Geriatrics

Internal Medicine

Palliative Care

Psychiatry

Licenses

United States: Oregon

Doctor Q&A

450 Answers
321 Agrees
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
That depends: It depends on what type of dementia and where one is in the disease.... Dementia in most cases is a 20 year type illness though there are a few rare t... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Can be quite similar: Vascular dementia causes deficits in the areas of the brain affected by stroke. Alzheimers disease causes problems with memory, language, making decis... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
History and exam: The key to all diagnosis is accurate history to generate a list of possible explanations for symptoms then testing and possibly treatment. For dementi... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Dementia is general: Alzheimers disease is the most common type of dementia.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Lifelong: Crack Cocaine is particularly addictive. Recovery involves changing behaviors, getting support from those who care about you and taking care of yourse... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes: The motor symptoms are often helped. Consider a consultation with an expert clinic specializing in this area. Not everyone is a candidate and all surg... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Not usually: Addison's causes severe fatigue and weakness, loss of weight, increased pigmentation of the skin, faintness and low blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
They are similar: No real reason to think one is better than another.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
For dementia: Aricept or donepezil is a cholinesterase inhibitor. It increases the amount of acetylcholine that your brains sees. This can improve concentration in... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
It can be: Memory is dependent on a number of other brain functions working well including attention. When one is srressed or suffering from a depressive illness... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Ignore: It is about maintaining the relationship not about being factually correct.
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Unlikely: Mirtazapine (remeron) is very unlikely to reverse this side effect.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Maybe: Some suggestive evidence supports benefits. No definitive or strong evidence exists though.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Unlikely dementia: There are many causes of memory problems in one's twenties from not enough sleep, substance use or abuse, lupus and autoimmune diseases, endocrine dis... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
AD is a dementia: Dementia describes a collection of brain symptoms including memory impairment, problems using or understanding words, loss of functioning and judgemen... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Depends: The key to successful medications for ocd is a high dose of medication affecting serotonin. Commonly this is done with an ssri like sertraline, fluoxe... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Get an evaluation: Sounds like you might need another assessment of your symptoms so you can get an accurate diagnosis and treatment. It is not recommended in most cases... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Dementia is a syndrome of brain dysfunction-impairments in memory, executive functioning, visual spatial processing, speech-understanding or expressiv... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Support groups: A support group for caregivers of dementia patients or alzheimer's patients can be very helpful. There you can find out from others what their trouble... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Join a support group: Get information about the illness online or by joining a support group. The alzheimers foundation and the alzheimers association are 2 sources of info... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
A hormone: Prolactin is a hormone that is elevated in nursing women. It can also be elevated in certain brain illnesses or some medications cause elevations.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Alcohol: We have no evidence alzheimer's is caused by a drug. However chronic excessive alcohol use is associated with dementia. There are negative cognitive ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Hard to say: Sleep hygiene is important as is exercise early in the day. Perhaps depression or anxiety symptoms are not totally resolved. Excess caffeine or other ... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Talk with your doc: Treatment questions about specific medications are challenging without having see you and all of your medical information including symptoms. If you h... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
It can be good: If someone works with a psychiatrist, manages stress and takes medicines when needed a person can have a family, work regularly, and have those things... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Get informed: It is helpful to any full time caregiver and to a person with alzheimers for others to be involved. Contact the alzheimers foundation or the alzheimer... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Similar: Vd and ad have nearly identical risk factors. Many people have both illnesses. Current treatments are identical. However, one can have eiither type of... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
More complex: Visual hallucinations are common in many illnesses most notably delirium. But they can be found as a symptom in many illnesses. Delusions are common i... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Intermittent: The first symptoms often are visual hallucinations or delusions (fixed false beliefs). At some point there are some motor symptoms similsr to parki... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
There are many: Catatonia is a syndrome that most often occurs when someone is having a major depressive or manic episode. It can occur with other psychiatric or neur... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
It really depends: If one is diagnosed early on in the illness, it can be a long term chronic disease lasting 20 years. Most people are not diagnosed until they have mod... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Possibly : There is some genetic risk in late onset disease and high increased risk in early onset disease. To decrease risk, exercise regularly, maintain an act... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Not caused by low: Serotonin. What we know is that some people with depression and many people with OCD get better when given medicines that increase the serotonin in th... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Days: Days to 2 weeks but it can be fatal if not treated and monitored.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Dementia is general.: Dementia describes a collection of brain symptoms including memory impairment, problems using or understanding words, loss of functioning and judgemen... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
It is serious: And it can lead to temporary or permanent loss of functioning and dementia if not recognized and treated. One study shows that if symptoms do not reso... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Depends: Early onset illness is inherited at a high rate but the more common late onset alzheimers has a number of genes taht increase risk a small amount each... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Cluster of symptoms: Alzheimers involves problemms forming memories, getting lost in familiar places and word finding problems earrly on. If symptoms are interfering with ... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Multiple deficits : Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. Memory problems, word finding problems, word substitutions errors, getting lost in places tha... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
History and testing: Dementia by definition impairs a number of different brain areas. A diagnosis is made by taking a history of what problems you are having, ruling out ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Functioning changes: The severity of dementia cannot be changed currently but by changing a person's environment you can help a person be more functional. In early illness... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Extremely unusual: Nearly everyone with dementia is older and a key part of the diagnosis is loss of abilities that one used to have. 19 is pretty young to diagnose some... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Generally no: There are many different types of dementia but currently the only types that are preventable are illnesses due to head injuries/repeated concussions (... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Take a history: Screening for any illness involves getting an accurate history and looking for particular symptoms. In the case of dementia, one is looking for memory... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
We live longer: Age is the biggest risk factor for alzheimer's disease so as the number of people who are older increases, the number of people with ad increases. As ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Memory is first: By definition, if you have dementia you have a problem with memory. Other symptoms include problems with language, trouble using objects like tools, t... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Nortriptyline: Nortriptyline which is a tricyclic antidepressant has been shown to be helpful for depression in those with parkinson's disease. Also paroxetine has s... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Unlikely: Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. There are no medications-scientific or alternative-that have been shown to modify the course ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
People live longer: By far, the largest risk factor for alzheimers is age. Roughly 1 out of 100 of those aged 65 have it, 1 out of 20 of those aged 70 have it, 1 out of 1... Read More

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Aug 11, 2013
Reliable, helpful answers from a very knowledgeable physician. Dr. Nash is a real asset to HealthTap, and I recommend her.
Jun 17, 2014
Gerontology is a rapidly growing area of medicine with a tremendous need for experts like Dr. Nash.
Apr 7, 2013
Answers patient's questions in a timely manner. Very knowledgeable!
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This made me feel good. Thanks! I have forgetfulness hardly after depraition.please help me.Unfortunately our in iran little good physiocharist and aften doctors just work for money and not matter t...Read More
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you so much! She's really depressed right now with the loss of my grandpa and has been going through so much!
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! My mom has alzheimer and I wonder if the genes play a definite role in this condition. Thanks for the info.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Kansas School of Medicine
Graduated 1997MD

Medical/Graduate school

Johns Hopkins University
Graduated 1991MD

Medical/Graduate school

Wheeling College
Graduated 1985MD

Residency

Dartmouth Hitchcock Memorial Hospital

Awards

Top Doctors, Portland Monthly Magazine
Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
Community Bridgebuilder, Tuality Healthcare

Affiliations

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
American Psychiatric Association
American College of Physicians
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