Dr. Alan Ali

Psychiatry
Newport News, VA
34 years experience male

Locations

Office

Newport News, VA

Address

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

Thursday: 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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Depakote: Assuming Depakote was helping, some things to discuss with your doctor are use of topamax (topiramate) or metformin, also healthy habits & exercise & ... Read More
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Insomnia: Best approach is to find out the cause, for example eating late or alcohol or caffeine, medical issues or medications, and treating that.
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Bipolar: Ot helps learn social skills & boost self-esteem & self-worth.
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Fibromyalgia: Tx is initially aimed to relieve discomfort & improve coping, thru physical therapy & if not effective, medications.
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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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Antidep.: Not necessarily if antidepressant has sedative effect and used at bedtime, such as trazodone or remeron (mirtazapine).
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Agoraphobia: Exact causes are currently unknown, although some hypothesize the causes are other anxiety disorders, stressful environment, or substance abuse such a... Read More
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Craving: Your craving could well be normal, depending on your age & health status. If worried, ask your pcp to run blood work to check liver & kidney functions... Read More
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Xanax (alprazolam): For anxiety, Buspar (buspirone) is worth a try.
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Lexapro (escitalopram): Lexapro (escitalopram) is isomers of celexa, with fewer side effects and better tolerability.
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Tourette: Outbursts occur mostly for no apparent reasons, but stress & anxiety can trigger them.
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Cymbalta (duloxetine): As directed by your doctor, usually once every week.
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Hallucinations: Auditory hallucinations are more common. Visual can suggest organic factors such as toxicity. Consult your prescribing doctor for workup.
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Alcohol/Celexa: I would not recommend it.
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Antidepressants: Yes, withdrawal is possible, depending on dosage & length of time u have been taking it.
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Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine): FDA approved for ADHD.
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Schiz.: Several schizophrenics in recovery and having strong social support system are indeed functioning in society.
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Bipolar: A term for manic depression, with cycles of depressive episodes alternating with episodes of mania or hypomania, interfering with daily functioning.
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Bipolar: Insomnia not uncommon in bipolar disorder. Discuss with her psychiatrist & ask if adjusting her medications or supplementing them with sleep remedy he... Read More
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Remission: When symptoms no longer are present, in a chronic illness. Recurrence is possible.
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Anxiety: Feeling keyed up, restless, tense & can't relax, fearful, can't sleep, worry a lot, physical symptoms of hyperarousal such are fast heart, sweat, head... Read More
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M. Phenidate: Ritalin, Concerta, Metadate, Focalin, (dexmethylphenidate) are all brands of Methyl phenidate.
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Post partum depressi: Depression is more likely if having parents or close relatives with depression. In post-partum, there are risk factors such as prepartum anxiety or de... Read More
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MVP: Mvp shows on echo cardiogram, not ekg.
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Acute Gastroenteriti: Irritation & inflammation of stomach & intestines, most commonly caused by viruses, also called Stomach Flu, and presents with diarrhea, nause... Read More
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Stress: It can exacerbate symptoms of fibromyalgia.
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Pregnant: It is vital to have your prescribing doc. Work closely with your ob/gyn to monitor throughout pregnancy.
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Dementia: Alzheimer is one form of Dementia.
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Autonomic nervous sy: Dysfunction affects the motor innervation of smooth muscles, heart muscle & gland cells. It can affect the sympathetic or the parasympathetic componen... Read More
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Soft Bipolar: Is bipolar without hypomania or mania.
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Delusions/Hallucinat: Delusions are false beliefs. Hallucinations are false perceptions.
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Addiction: Physical addiction or dependence is when chronic use of a substance results in tolerance, and when abrupt discontinuation or tapering of the substance... Read More
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Panic: Best therapy is combination of cognitive behavior therapy, relaxation, breathing exercises, and medications to block panic attacks.
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Sedated: Allow at least 24 hours from time sedation was given.
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Risperdal: Your prescribing doctor is the one to decide as he/she will discuss risks versus benefits of staying on the medication or coming off.
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Bipolar: If in depressed phase, history of mania/hypomania points toward bipolar. Also prior response to meds.
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PANDAS: Pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections. Can show OCD & tics, enuresis, anxiety, emotional lability, ... Read More
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Fibro: Headache with discomfort or pain affecting multiple sites.
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Addictive personalit: Sure. It is a trait that makes someone predisposed to addiction, such as substance abuse, food, gambling, exercise, pornography, work exercise addicti... Read More
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Depression: Best test is comprehensive interview and diagnostic assessment. One supportive test is the zinc depression scale which measures severity of depression... Read More
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Lifestyle changes: Good health, nutrition, exercise & sleep.
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Stimming: Is repetitive body movements such as hand flapping, which is a stereotyped behaviors for self-stimulation.
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Nicotine gum: Nicotine gum can constrict blood vessels, and long-term use has been associated with gum disease, although rare.
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Xanax (alprazolam): If used continuously & for long time, yes.
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Alcohol: Effects depend on the amount consumed. Small to moderate consumption causes reduced risks of blood clots , stone formation , diabetes & rheumatoid... Read More
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Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine): Another option, if Adderall worked before, is to supplemet Adderall with Clonidine or Kapvay or wellbutrin (bupropion). Discuss with your md.
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Temazepam withdrawal: Mainly insomnia, some agitation which wears off.
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Depression: Initial evaluation by mental health professional to confirm diagnosis & recommend treatment, such as counseling, medications & life style chan... Read More
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Scarlatina: Also called mild form of scarlet fever, is a disease caused by infection with group a streptococci (same bacteria that causes strep throat). Is most c... Read More
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AFO: They stabilize the ankle & foot. Amount of time worn depends on type of injury. Consult your orthopedic doc.
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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
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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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