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Dr. Zahid Awan

Psychiatry
PA

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I am a Board certified Psychiatrist in practice in Reading, Pa. I trained at Norwich hospital and University of Connecticut health center in Farmington, Ct. I am the medical director for a busy south-central Pa practice and actively involved in running a Transcranial magnetic stimulation center.

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Psychiatry

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English

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41 Answers
25 Agrees
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Awan
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Caution required: Typical anxiety medications such as xanax, (alprazolam) Ativan etc. Are contraindicated in pregnancy because of a high risk of toxicity. Check with yo... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
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Trust: All relatioships are a matter of trust. Your situation is unique but if you enter a relationship with the knowledge that she is bisexual then you have... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
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Yes but...: A person with high functioning autistic spectrum disorders can feel romantic notions like any body eles but the level of emotional energy required to ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
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Sleep hygiene: Are you eating a reasonable amount of food for dinner? How long before your bedtime do you eat? Make sure that you are not working out too close to be... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
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Depends: Depends on how close are you to this person and what is the reason for your suspicion. Ask them if they are feeling ok or if they are having problems ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
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Referral: Ask your family doctor or call your insurance provider. If you do not have insurance, find out which agency provides mental health services for the co... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
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See your MD: If you have not seen another mental health professional like a psychologist or a therapist then do so to at least be evaluated. In the meantime, go se... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
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Specializes in Psychiatry
Social issues: It is an autistic spectrum condition and pertains to the higher functioning end of autistic spectrum. It primarily leads to social limitations and mak... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
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Start at lower dose: While higher dose of medication might eventually be needed, you should start at a lower dose after you have stopped medication for a while and slowly ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
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Specializes in Psychiatry
Distraction: Listen to music, keep yourself busy. Surround yourself with supportive people. And if nothing works, train yourself to separate an hour a day ( not be... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
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Stress?: Are you more stressed than usual? Look at your caffeine intake as it can trigger panic attacks. Make sure you are getting enough sleep. Call your doc... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
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Specializes in Psychiatry
Careful evaluation: I would recommend a careful psychiatric evaluation, possibly supported by psychological or neuropsychological testing and some developmental history f... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
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Psych evaluation: Meet with a clinician in you area and consider psychological testing along with a careful medical and psychosocial evaluation to confirm your diagnosi... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
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Limited research: It is always difficult to find organized research on natural suplements but oxyelite contains a stimulant and there is always a risk of serotonin synd... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
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Needs clarification: Human behavior dictates that too frequent intercourse between two steady partners can lead to a decrease in excitement and interest. You have to be mo... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
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No: There can be similarities since borderline personality disorder can cause mood instability but they are very different since bipolar disorder is a mo... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
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Multiple: It could be related to obsessive/impulsive conditions. People can binge eat to take their mind off of other issues due to stress. It could be a poor c... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
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Communicate: Have you talked to him? If you haven't, you may want to find out if you have talked to him and you still have strong feelings about the way you guys b... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
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Depression: Depressed mood, lack of interest, excessive guilt, sleep disturbance, appetite issues, poor attention span and concentration, lack of energy and suici... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
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Possibly: Relationships between two people with different personalities are complex. I think the best answer is that it is a combination of structure and sponta... Read More
A 16-year-old member asked:
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Work at it: Depending on how long have you been together or whether you have children, you can have date nights. Take time for each other, spend time on the forep... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
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Should be fine.: Caffeine free beverages, in a moderate quantity, should not interact with that dose of xanax (alprazolam).
A 30-year-old female asked:
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Specializes in Psychiatry
Could be: Detailed medical evaluation including your heart and respiratory system as well as thyroid hormone levels should be checked. If everything is normal, ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
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Good question: Its true but theoretically, they are meant to be used only for patients who have abnormally high Dopamine activity so that it can be normalized.
A 40-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or adhd can present without hyperactivity and is called "predominantly in attentive type". Typically, the sym... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
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Stress: You have to think if you are under a lot of stress, overworked, too busy or juggling too many duties. Sometimes juggling family responsibilities, a jo... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
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Specializes in Psychiatry
Avoid: Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant and if you are taking zoloft (sertraline) for depression, obviously it is counter productive to use alc... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
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Not advisable: You have to be careful since antidepressants can increase blood alcohol level and potentially increase your risk of intoxication even when you believe... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
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Serum concentration: If some one is taking Elavil or amitriptyline, a blood test can determine the amount of medication present in their blood and it helps determine if th... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
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Specializes in Psychiatry
Rare: Xanax, (alprazolam) very rarely can cause prolactin elevation and if you are prone to it, the frequency or dose may not matter. Most common psychiatri... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
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Specializes in Psychiatry
Possibly: Bipolar disorder runs in families but there is no need to worry because it is not one hundred percent. You have to make sure that the person is aware ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
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Specializes in Psychiatry
Psychiatrist: I would recommend a psychiatric evaluation and you can start by asking your family doctor for a referral.
A member asked:
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Support: Make sure you have plenty of support through out your pregnancy and make sure you talk to your ob/gyn openly about your concern regarding post partum ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Awan
Specializes in Psychiatry
Look around: Look around and see how many people fit that description. Continue to exercise, eat well and feel good about who you are.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Awan
Specializes in Psychiatry
Depends: If you have mild anxiety, it might help but if it is a more serious anxiety disorder, you may need stronger medications. In any case consider cognitiv... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Awan
Specializes in Psychiatry
Depends: Depends on how openly the two of you communicate. If you can talk to him openly about sexuality, then it shouldn't be hard. If he is a tough guy with ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
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Specializes in Psychiatry
Possibly: If you are depressed because you are lonely, maybe.If clincially depressed, you need to seek help as starting a relationship might only complicate thi... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
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Specializes in Psychiatry
Treat depression: The best way to improve appetite loss caused by depression is to treat depression aggressively with medication and psychotherapy, rule out any medical... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
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Specializes in Psychiatry
Likely: Ssri antidepressant medications like Paxil (paroxetine) are very effective in treating panic disorder. You should realize that it could take up to 6 w... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
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County services: Not sure where you are located but most states provide some sort of funding at county or locality level in order to help people with no insurance. Fin... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
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Specializes in Psychiatry
Evaluation: A psychiatric evaluation consists of detailed history including medical, psychiatric history, duration and nature of symptoms and after ruling out oth... Read More

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Jun 19, 2013
Very good psychiatrist and Physician. very dedicated and caring. Experienced and a good communicator.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Awan is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Awan is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Reading it makes me not so crazy just getting family to read it, wish I could!!!
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank you we are in the state of Kansas the county is Johnson CountY
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I will try to find a siciatrist my zip code is 55304 can you sugest one Thank you Jim T
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