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Dr. Steven Reidbord

Psychiatry
San Francisco, CA
37 years experience male

Locations

Office

San Francisco, CA

Address

3331 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA
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My office hours

Tuesday: 8:30am - 5:30pm
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About

Bio

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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Psychiatry

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

556 Answers
170 Agrees
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Biology vs psych: Two kinds of possibilities come to mind. First, you could have a medical condition that causes tremors, & you only notice it at certain times. This ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Medical rehab expert: Physiatry is a lesser-known specialty of medicine that focuses on physical medicine and rehabilitation. Physiatrists are medical doctors who speciali... Read More
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A 85-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
True: This is due to slower absorption when digested versus inhaled. Especially when mixed with food, drugs taken by mouth (whether cannabis or a prescribe... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Many: It depends on how emotionally stable the person is, and how free of symptoms. Often, people with schizophrenia are uncomfortable interacting with oth... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Cosmetic?: Performance-enhancing or "optimizing" psychopharm stretches the doctor-patient relationship in new ways. Traditionally, doctors prevent and treat dis... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
A week or two: 0.5 mg is a pretty low dose, so it shouldn't be hard to stop. I would suggest taking 0.25 daily for a week or so, and then stop completely. While s... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
It depends: This isn't exactly a medical question, it's more of a legal or moral one. But laws in the us generally hold that if a person cannot tell right from w... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Evaluation, not test: Making a psychiatric diagnosis such as bipolar disorder requires an in-person interview with a mental health professional. It's a combination of your... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Give it a try: If you present your concerns to the doctor (i'd suggest a psychiatrist) as you do here — a bit concerned about looking like a drug-seeker — it should ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Can't be answered: It depends on how you define "civilized" and "developed". Is the us highly civilized ? Most americans say yes but other nations may disagree. Is ou... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Yes, pretty common: I usually start patients on a half-dose to avoid this, then go to the full dose after a day or two. Usually the body adjusts and the jittery feeling ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Hard to answer: This kind of question makes doctors uncomfortable. The official recommendation is to avoid all alcohol. Yet many people have 1 drink and do ok. So ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Duration of action: Regular Ambien (zolpidem) is released into the bloodstream as soon as it is digested. Ambien-cr (which is only available brand-name and is more expen... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Best not to try: Trying to forget something usually doesn't work. (Try to NOT think about elephants... the more you try, the more they're in your mind.) Better to "w... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Not uncommon: After all, it's nice to have a caring thoughtful person listen to your every word. But clients usually don't know very much about their therapists pe... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Contribute?: Congratulations for stopping substance abuse! i'm unclear whether you're asking if taking prescribed Ritalin (methylphenidate) contributes to your an... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Needs eval in person: This person should see a mental health professional, as there are many possibilities, from medical conditions to several possible psychiatric disorder... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
It's ok: There's no hazard in taking zoloft (sertraline) if a person also has low thyroid and low vitamin b12, although the zoloft won't correct either of thes... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
For depression/sleep: Doxepin (brand name sinequan) is an older prescription antidepressant (a "tricyclic" available generically) that is mostly used nowadays as a sleep ai... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Treats more than dep: I'm sorry if you've gotten the impression that "all doctors" push anything. Some of us stop more meds than we start. But ssri antidepressants treat ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Of course: Like most activities, it depends how one approaches it. Fishing can be very relaxing —except to the fish! — or it can be a tense and/or frustrating e... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
A fixed false belief: A delusion is a very strong belief, a conviction, that is demonstrably false and flies in the face of evidence to the contrary. Delusions usually don... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Not Advil (ibuprofen) and Alleve: These are very similar medicines, and are not recommended to be taken at the same time. (they can add up to more stomach upset, for example). I sugg... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
No: It still takes a medical license to prescribe in california. A nurse practitioner can "furnish" meds under a physician's supervision. Most clinical ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
As a side effect: Yes, amphetamines are bronchodilators, but aren't used for this purpose as there are safer and longer-lasting alternatives. If used for adhd, Adderall... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Often not: Mirtazepine (brand name remeron) is an unusual antidepressant that is sometimes also used as a sleep-aid because it is so sedating. While it is free ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Burn calories: The best exercises for losing weight are those that burn calories, usually ""cardio" such as running, swimming, hiking, rowing, elliptical and stair-s... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Many can: Loss of sexual desire is a common side-effect of antidepressants, especially the ssris (prozac, zoloft, celexa, lexapro, paxil). This affects men and... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Anx -> reflux: Stress and anxiety can cause acid reflux itself, so the stomach symptoms may be exactly the same as reflux due to other causes. To the best of my kno... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Therapy, poss. meds: It's generally best to avoid all meds when pregnant. So psychotherapy is the 1st choice for depression or anxiety. But it's better to take antidepre... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Not usually: Depends which category of meds you're asking about. Commonly used antidepressant, anti-anxiety, and mood stabilizer meds don't have the effects you d... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Many: Relaxation exercises, mindfulness meditation, yoga, light cardio exercise, massage, humor... The list is nearly endless. Herbal tea containing valeri... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Can't be done: To the best of my knowledge, there is no quick way to clear thc, the active drug in cannabis. This is a fat-soluble drug, which means it collects in ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Go slow, work w doc: 1. A slow, gradual dose taper is best. Go especially slowly as you approach zero. This can take weeks or more in tough cases. 2. Decrease the ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
There's a difference: A person can be alert, or even hyper-alert, and not be able to sustain mental focus. They may be scattered, highly distracted, preoccupied with an ob... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Go slow, work w doc: 1. A slow, gradual dose taper is best. Go especially slowly as you approach zero. This can take weeks in tough cases. 2. Decrease the daily do... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Unlikely: I've never heard of anyone having trouble stopping melatonin, but people can become psychologically dependent on anything. If you google "melatonin d... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Go slow, work w doc: 1. A slow, gradual dose taper is best. Go especially slowly as you approach zero. This can take weeks in tough cases. 2. Decrease the daily do... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
It can: The tendency for hair to turn gray or white is hereditary: some people get gray hair "prematurely", i.e., before most other people; for others it take... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Tolerance/withdrawal: Alprazolam (brand name xanax (alprazolam)) is a short-acting, non-sedating tranquilizer that is quite habit-forming. Depending on dosage & duration o... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
A few may help: While there is no cure for alzheimer's disease, there are a few prescription medications that slow its progression. (the amount they help may or may ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
An evaluation first: A psychiatrist is a doctor who specializes in mental health. The 1st visit will be an evaluation, where he or she will ask you questions about your d... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Amphetamine: Vyvance is "lisdexamphetamine" which turns into Dextroamphetamine in the body. It is prescribed for attention deficit disorder. While most adhd medi... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Try it & see: People naturally & automatically smile to reduce stress (nervous smiles), and cognitive-behavioral theory suggests that acting relaxed may help you tr... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Get evaluated : First get a professional evaluation of your problems — in person, not over the internet. With both physical and emotional issues, your primary care d... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Sleeping pill: Temazepam (brand name restoril) is a sedating benzodiazepine tranquilizer, prescribed as a sleep aid. Particularly useful when anxiety interferes wit... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Can happen: It's not typical for a discontinuation (withdrawal) syndrome to last that long, but it's possible. Another possibility is that stopping citalopram ha... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Withdrawal effects?: There aren't withdrawal effects of Haldol (haloperidol) in the usual sense. Sudden discontinuation after long use may cause temporary dyskinesia, unl... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Prevent not treat: You've run into a common problem with the use of tranquilizers to treat true panic (which comes on very suddenly & only lasts 10-15 min). No oral med... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Medical evaluation: A medical evaluation of the headache and stomach ache may identify an organic diagnosis. Stress may occur along with medical illness, so one does not... Read More
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Testimonials
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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!
HealthTap member
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

Residency

University of California San Francisco
Completed 1989

Awards

Most Influential, First Place, San Francisco, CA - Winter
2013
Top Psychiatrist , Second Place, San Francisco, CA - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, San Francisco Region, CA - Summer
2013
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