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Dr. Glen Elliott

Child Psychiatry
Palo Alto, CA
45 years experience male

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Palo Alto, CA

Address

Children's Health Council, 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto, CA
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About

Bio

Dr. Elliott is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with a longstanding interest in improving the diagnosis and treatment of severe psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. He was Director of The Children’s Center at Langley Porter at UCSF from 1989-2006, retiring as an Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychiatry. Since July 2006, he has been Chief Psychiatrist for Children’s Health Council (CHC) and also serves as its Medical Director. He is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry (Affiliated) in the Stanford School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Associate Director of Training for Stanford’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program. Dr. Elliott received a Ph.D. and M.D. from Stanford School of Medicine, did general psychiatry residency training at McLean Hospital, one of the Harvard programs, and completed a child and adolescent psychiatry residency at Stanford School of Medicine. As a clinician and as a researcher, Dr. Elliott strives to clarify the appropriate use of psychoactive medications in relieving the distress of children and adolescents with severe mental illnesses while minimizing risks to their immediate welfare and long-term development. In 2006, he authored Medicating Young Minds, a book for parents facing that difficult decision.

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Child Psychiatry

Psychiatry

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803 Answers
644 Agrees
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Depends on age: Anorexia certainly can stunt growth if it occurs in early adolescence. Insufficient calories makes it hard for the body to do its job. However, if i... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Perhaps: Many higher functioning individuals with autism or asperger's disorder seem to be more like than the general population to engage in obsessive behavio... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
When it happens: All inherited disorders are genetic, i.e., passed down from father or mother or a combination of the two. However, some genetic disorders occur spont... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Unable to answer: There are too many unknowns to give you a answer--what kinds of problems, what's been tried, how is he not coping, etc. Your question is a crucial on... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Depends: Psychiatrists are physicians with special training in diagnosing & treating psychiatric disorders. Knowing what to treat is vital. Most but not all ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Yes they do vary: Three broad areas of impairment define autism: social, language, and behaviors. Depending on the severity of the disorder, impairment can range from... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Depends: In theory, you can stop Concerta any time, and many people do, e.g., skipping it on weekends. The symptoms you are treating will come back immediatel... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Sort of.: Intuniv is a long-acting form of guanfacine, and Kapvay is a long-acting form of clonidine. Both a Alpha agonists that work similarly. They are not ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Unsure what you want: If you have insurance, many companies have a mail-in or online pharmacy that allows you to order most medications, including stimulants, often with a ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Different disorders: Pdd refers to autism-like symptoms such as poor social skills, impaired language, and odd and unusual behaviors. Add refers to high impulsivity, high... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
No: There is no evidence that stimulants such as Concerta permanently affect brain function and certainly none that they kill brain cells. They work by i... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Mechanism unclear: Intuniv is a once-a-day version of Guanfacine (also called tenex), which is a high blood pressure medication that works through the norepinephrine sys... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
None: No diet pill has proven effective for anything other than short-term weight loss, usually through a combination of stimulants to reduce appetite and d... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
What's the question?: Sounds like a horrible situation, but not sure what the question for this site is. If you are the mother in question, you need legal not medial advic... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Highly unlikely: Medicines like Haldol (haloperidol) should not affect the graying process. I too have older brothers with dark hair while mine turned white years ago... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Formulary: Each insurance company has its own formulary--that is medications it does and does not cover. In addition, new drugs still available only in brand fo... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Unfamiliar term: Not sure of the context of "vulnerable adult" as a specific label. Certainly, adhd that lasts into adulthood is associaated with a wide range of incr... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Several disorders: The main use of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) & other stimulants is treatment of adhd. But, it also is used to treat certain s... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Varies a lot: Not all people with adhd have social problems, though many do. Peers often reject children with combined-typed adhd because they are impulsive and lo... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Attitude adjustment: Gratitude journaling is one of many approaches to trying to help people change their sense of self by deliberately focusing on positive aspects in the... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Different drugs: Both are stimulants, but Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is amphetamine and Concerta is methylphenidate. Both have been shown to... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Just switch: A nice aspect of stimulants is that they are out of your body by the beginning of the next day. We know roughly the dose equivalents among stimulants... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Should not: If it has any effect at all, tyrosine should decrease prolactin. It is the immediate precursor for dopamine, which is released from the hypothalamus ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Fair quickly: If it's Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) xr, it is barely detectable in the bloodstream the next morning. Treatment benefits typi... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Context is key: Mcs is used in several ways in medicine. My guess is that you're referring to multiple chemical sensitivities, a condition in which people are allerg... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Great question!: Vyvanse, (lisdexamfetamine) like all stimulants, should work the first day you take an adequate dose. It differs from other stimulants in last longer... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Changed sleep-cycle: A variety of medications change sleep patterns, which go through various stages through the night. Disruptions in that pattern can lead to a range of... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Absolutely!: Any major stressor--and near drowning definitely counts--can lead to a variety of reactions, including anxiety and depression. You don't say how long... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) a bit more.: Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) is about the same potency of d-amphetamine. Adderall has both d-amphetamine and l-amphetamine, so 15 mg is not quite is ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Just a Brand name: Methylin & Ritalin are brand names for methylphenidate. Each company picks names apt to appeal to patients and doctors and easy to remember. Differe... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Unlikely and brief: Whether 30 mg of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is an "overdose" depends on the person's age, size, and tolerance to adderall (d... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Possibly: Stimulants such as Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) certainly can cause headaches, either when you take the pill or as the medicin... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Try something else: You don't mention any benefit, and the side effects certain sound unpleasant. If you have adhd, consider trying either a methylphenidate product, ano... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Not sure why: You don't say how it makes you sick. Stimulants can cause headaches, stomach aches, and a sense of nasal dryness and stuffiness, in addition to affec... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
You should be fine: A single dose even as high as you took is quite unlikely to have any lasting effects, even though, as you discovered, the immediate effects can be qui... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
None proven: Many "natural" products are advertized online as treatments for adhd. Evidence of efficacy and safety of these products is minimal, at best. This is... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Not really: Some people find that caffeine helps them, but there are no medications as potent as Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and other st... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
None: There are no "brain supplements" that have been shown to be as effective or safe as a stimulant for treating adhd. If they work, they have a stimulan... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Only generally: Concerta is a form of methylphenidate, a stimulant used to treat adhd. If you have adhd, you should have symptom improvement, with increased focus an... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Varies: The most common side effects of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) are decreased appetite and trouble getting to sleep. Anxious peo... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Depends on behavior: Bulimia usually involves vomiting or laxitive abuse or both. It can be fatal in extreme cases and certainly can cause lasting damage. Depending on f... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Absolutely: Although research lags behind that in children, the available evidence suggests that adults with adhd show response patters and side effects quite sim... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Common side effect: All stimulants can cause insomnia. Usually it is not severe and lessens with time, but not always. Choices are to see if a lower dose still works bu... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Many possibilities: You don't indicate how long this has been going on, when it started, and whether it's all the time or some of the time. You are right that it's not h... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Possibly: There is no cure for asperger's syndrome, but a variety of symptoms are responsive to treatment. It really depends on which symptoms are most distres... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Not sure of question: Unrestricted flow of blood through the brain is essential for its function, because the brain has no built in stores of nutrients or oxygen. Minor in... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Fairly low unless...: Here's a site that gives a nice summary of available information: http://www.Schizophrenia.Com/szgencounsel.Htm the general population risk is 1%.... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Possibly.: Ld can make day-to-day life much more difficult for children and teens, making worry that they are "stupid" or "defective, " and possibly making the a... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Yes.: Nothing about either disorder protects an indvidiaul from having both. In fact, some have suggested that risk of tourette's disorder may be slightly ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Not a big fan: Xanax (alprazolam) is not a great medication for ongoing use to treat anxiety; antidepressants usually are much better. That said, anxiety and adhd o... Read More
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May 11, 2013
I strongly recommend Dr. Elliott. He has an incredible knowledge base on ASD as well as child psychiatry in general. I continue to learn by reading his responses in Health Tap. He is not afraid to co...Read More
Dr. Elliott is a highly regarded psychiatrist whose contributions on HealthTap have been consistently of the highest caliber. "When Dr. Elliott speaks, other doctors listen."
I recommend you as a well know expert in your field. Dr Jakavick would recommend this Dr To all who seek their expertise.
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Dr. Glen Elliott Thank you so much for your insite. I have used that method myself and it worked very well! but to be very honest I know of one it did not work on and a spanking did, in fact it wor...Read More
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Your answers have been a great help I look forward to using this app everyday to help me monitor my health and ill be recommending this app
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I know that my son has been diagnosed with Aspergers and Tourette's but it took longer to diagnose the Tourettes because of his medications.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Stanford University School of Medicine
Graduated 1978MD

Awards

Best Doctors in America since 1998
Fellow, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
UCSF Chancellor’s Award for Community Service, 2006

Affiliations

San Francisco Bay Area Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
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