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Dr. Alan Ali

Psychiatry
Newport News, VA
33 years experience male

Locations

Office

Newport News, VA

Address

Adolescent Residental, Newport News, VA, US
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My office hours

Tuesday: 10am - 7:00pm
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About

Bio

I graduated from Medical College of Virginia and have been in practice of Psychiatry for over 20 years, currently in Private Practice along with full-time work as an attending MD for a Residential Treatment Center for Adolescents in Newport News, Virginia. My interests and expertise include Mood disorders, Anxiety and Depression, Panic Disorder, Consultation Liason Psychiatry, as well as Addictionology. I am Board Certified in General Psychiatry Adolescent Psychiatry.

Specialties
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Psychiatry

ADHD and Autism

Child Psychiatry

Neurology

Licenses

United States: Virginia

Languages spoken

Arabic

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Remeron/Methadone: As prescribed & tolerated without sedation, yes.
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Gustatory nerves: Lingual & Glossopharyngeal nerves.
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Combo: Together they treat depression which was not sufficiently managed with one antidepressant.
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Eyes: Called nystagmus. Needs assessed by eye doctor or neurologist.
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Bupropion: Also called wellbutrin (bupropion) or zyban or aplenzin, is an atypical antidepressant & smoking cessation aid, which has mild psychostimulant act... Read More
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Neuroleptic: Neuroleptic refers to Antipsychotics or Major Tranquilizers. Atypical antipsychotics are one form of Neuroleptics, such as Abilify (aripiprazole). The... Read More
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Vertigo: Sensation of spinning while stationary, associated with nausea or vomiting, unsteadiness, difficulty walking, blurred vision.
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Trazodone: Antidepressants would not show up on drug tests.
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Tinnitus: 1.Treat the underlying condition, such as removal of ear wax, change medications that might be attributing, vascular causes. 2.Noise suppression, such... Read More
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Xanax (alprazolam): Sure you can, with gradual tapering to avoid withdrawal, and along with psychotherapy.
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Aromatherapy: Is a form of alternative medicine that uses volatile plant materials known as essential oils, & other aromatic compounds for the purpose of alteri... Read More
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SSRI: As tolerated & prescribed, very safe.
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Xanax/Remeron: Depending on the dose of each, excess sedation, confusion & disorientation can occur.
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Cobalamin: Cyano c. is inactive form. Hydroxy c. is natural form. Methyl c. is an active form. Adenosyl c. is also an active form of c. but unlike the others, ... Read More
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Elec. Cig.: It contains too much nicotine.
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Can't sleep: Talk to your doctor about this to see if you need assessed for secondary insomnia (insomnia due to other organic or psychological factors) which can b... Read More
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Contraception: Abstinence, Condoms, & if permanent, Vasectomy.
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Ulnar nerve: Check with your doctor to rule out Carpal Tunnel or Tennis elbow, or other causes of nerve impingement.
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Luvox (fluvoxamine): Mainly for Obsessive compulsive disorder.
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Common drugs: Probably Aspirin or NSAIDs.
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Antipsychotics/Wt.: Antipsychotics are not wt. loss medications, however, some cause little or no weight gain, such as Geodon & Latuda (lurasidone).
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Meningitis: At your age, not necessarily. Children & young adults would show fever.
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Meclizine: Nausea, vomiting, dilated pupils, rapid heart rate, hallucinations. Needs medical attention.
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine): 20-70mg. is used to treat ADHD.
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Lithium: Lithium orotate is a salt of orotic acid & lithium. It is used as a dietary supplement to treat conditions such as poor memory & mood changes.... Read More
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Ice: Also known as meth or crystal meth, can cause anorexia, flushed skin, euphoria, restlessness, heart rate & blood pressure changes, rapid breathing... Read More
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Prozac (fluoxetine): Headaches, stomach upset, nausea, diarrhea are common. Also sexual side effects such as impotence later on.
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Degenerative dis's.: Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, Alzheimer's disease, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Friedreich's ataxia, Spino-cerebellar atrophy, Retiniti... Read More
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Ibuprofen: Ibuprofen is generic for Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, (ibuprofen) etc.
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Elavil (amitriptyline) & Melatonin: Should be ok at low doses, but review with your doctor first.
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Phrenic nerve: It originates in the neck (C3-C5) & passes down between heart & lungs, then reaches the diaphragm. It is important for breathing.
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Depression: Exact cause unknown in major depression, but Biological (genetics), Psychological & Social factors play role.
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Fainting: Most common are Vaso-vagal syncope. Some triggers are; Standing for long periods, Heat exposure, Sight of blood, Having blood drawn, Straining such as... Read More
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Blood in stool: It means there's bleeding somewhere in the digestive tract. Some causes are Diverticular disease, Anal fissure, Colitis, Inflammatory bowel diseases, ... Read More
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Brain stem: 1.Conduction of sensory & motor nerves to & from the brain. 2.Cranial nerves 3-12 to supply face & head & viscera. 3.Integrativefunct... Read More
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ADEM: Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis is a rare autoimmune disease affecting the brain & spinal cord, damaging the myelin & destroying the whit... Read More
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BBB: Cephalosporins & Amphotericin B.
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Geodon (ziprasidone): Weakness, pain & stiffness of muscles are fairly common side-effects & related to the dose. Review with your prescribing doctor. Others are Ca... Read More
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CBT: A psychotherapeutic approach that addresses dysfunctional emotions, maladaptive behaviors & cognitive processes, through goal-oriented systematic ... Read More
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Calcium in brain: Can be normal part of aging, or can result from injury, infections, calcium metabolism defects such as Osteoporosis, Genetic or Autoimmune system diso... Read More
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Meth/Cocaine: Both are high on the scale of Dangerous.
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Lyrica (pregabalin): It is marketed for use in Epilepsy, Neuropathic pain, Generalized anxiety, Fibromyalgia.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
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Mobius syndrome: No facial expression, cannot close their eyes, cannot move eyes from side to side, upper lip retracted, unable to suck while nursing, some have chest ... Read More
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Mirapex (pramipexole): Please clarify, how many mg. is each pill, how often is the medicine prescribed per day, & what other medicines are you prescribed?. In any case, ... Read More
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A 53-year-old male asked:
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Diarrhea: Not likely, more so if direct effect of the Antibiotic, which should subside with time.
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Haldol (haloperidol): Haloperidol is generic for Haldol (haloperidol).
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Referral: Ask your PCP for referral to a therapist that he/she knows, with good reputation & one that has knowledge about treating cases similar to yours.
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Diplopia: Double vision can result from disorders in eye, optic nerves, or brain or induced by medicines . Request evaluation by neurologist.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
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Lexapro (escitalopram): Side effects such as nausea & headaches, upset stomach, also possible insomnia if taken late, caution not to use at same time with other ssris or... Read More
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Transverse Myelitis: Intravenous steroids, Pain medications, Antiviral agents, Plasma exchange therapy, Treating other complications such as muscle spasticity, Preventing ... Read More
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Mar 27, 2013
Dr. Ali is extremely knowledgeable, his answers always provide a wealth of resources and accurate information. His expertise in medicine and psychiatry together with his compassionate clinical excelle...Read More
Mar 17, 2013
Dr. Ali is always ready to jump in and help patients on HealthTap! He's highly knowledgeable and shares his expertise generously. I imagine his own patients consider him kind and approachable, and tha...Read More
Dr. Mohammed Parvez
Jul 30, 2013
Its my pleasure to recommend Dr. Ali as the best physician in the area of expertise. He is nothing but an inspiration, motivating person, who has helped so many people on health tap, with his knowledg...Read More
HealthTap member
I have but my family's pretty anti-therapy. It's easier to not go than be told that "all shrinks are money hungry" constantly. I do wish I could tell on my own. Low libido can be fixed. If I'm just as...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you doc for the idea. I need to discipline my toughs, because when I feel bad, excited, or scared my mannerism will attract me even I am aware of it. I can control...Read More
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Thank you.... I have anxiety disorder and was paranoid about my HR being lower than normal today, after using a TENS unit 2 days ago. I didn’t think it’d effect my HR,...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Medical College of Baghdad
Graduated 1989MD

Medical/Graduate school

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, VA
Graduated 1992MD

Residency

Chief Psychiatry Resident

Residency

Psychiatry Residency

Awards

Smartest MD awards for past 3 yrs.
Guest Speaker For Forest Pharmaceuticals
Who's Who Awards

Affiliations

Therapy Associates
Keystone Residential for Adolescents
Mary Immaculate Hospital

Publications

Borderline Personality Disorder
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