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Dr. Steven Reidbord

San Francisco, CA
36 years experience male



San Francisco, CA


3331 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA

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Wednesday: 8:30am - 5:30pm
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I'm a board-certified psychiatrist with an office practice in San Francisco. My practice is mainly psychodynamic psychotherapy, i.e., exploring hidden thoughts and feelings that interfere with happiness and success in life. I'm pragmatic about it, and try to demystify the process whenever possible. I also prescribe medications, usually in combination with psychotherapy. In addition to seeing patients, I've taught medical students and psychiatry residents for many years, including courses in psychotherapy, psychiatric ethics, and outpatient evaluation. Since 2008 I've also blogged about psychiatry. I'm happy to answer your questions with short answers here, or offer longer ones (of general interest) on my blog. Thanks for reading.

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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Probably some: Many who reportedly "don't sleep" actually do, on and off through the night. On-and-off sleep isn't ideal but it's not something terrible to worry about either, especially if you're alert during the day. Your anxiety itself may interfere with sleep; consider seeing a mental health professional for help with anxiety. Your sleep may improve as a side benefit.
A male asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Cosmetic?: Performance-enhancing or "optimizing" psychopharm stretches the doctor-patient relationship in new ways. Traditionally, doctors prevent and treat disease. Performance enhancement, whether by drugs, exercise, or other means, mostly lies outside the physician's purview. As the public increasingly sees meds as lifestyle options, perhaps we should revisit the line between prescriptions vs OTC.
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Depends on you: The timing doesn't change the effect of Prozac (fluoxetine) on depression, anxiety, or panic attacks. But Prozac tends to be "activating" and might disturb sleep if taken at bedtime. Most patients take it after their first food of the day, e.g., after breakfast. Rarely, patients find it sedating instead of activating, and then it's best to take it at bedtime.

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Mar 9, 2014
I find myself learning often when I read any of Dr Reidbords posts. HealthTap is truly privileged to have a such a medical resource!
Nov 4, 2012
Dr. Reidbord's answers are knowledgeable, caring, and practical. He perceives the human complexity and depth in people's questions.
Apr 22, 2015
I have learned a great deal from his answers which are humane, comprehensive, and indicative of his expertise and approachability!
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Makes sense. I had ALIF at L5/S1 in June and have been on peecocet/valium/celexa. I also tested positive for Protomyxozoarheumatica aka FL1953. I'm worried I might MS or something dues to some other...Read More
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A great and honest response; my personal experiences as a mh consumer leads me to the conclusion that they are not effective for mde's nor for most of the other off label uses. I've taken them all
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thank you. Your the only person I have gotten a direct answer from. I've been feeling this way for awhile and no one will listen. Thank you.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, PA
Graduated 1985MD


University of California San Francisco
Completed 1989
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