Dr. Glen Elliott

Child Psychiatry
Palo Alto, CA
45 years experience male

Locations

Office

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
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
No true cure.: Ocd is a potentially severe illness with symptoms that typically wax and wane over time. There is no true cure, but certain medications (selective se... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Yes: Several different kinds of medications can be helpful with dystonias, depending on the type of dystonia. Neurologists and psychiatrists generally hav... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Bad for everyone.: When a bad situation rises to the level of abuse can be a tricky decision; but, whether it is formal abuse or not, constant fighting between parents, ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Yes: It can be difficult to disentangle at times, but individuals with asperger's syndrome can also be quite anxious and one symtom of that may be selectiv... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Tics can stopped: Simply ignoring tics is much better than nagging at kids to stop but doesn't necessarily make the tics go away. There are proven behavioral intervent... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Depends: Many children who will develop tourette syndrome (ts) may first seem to have "typical" symptoms of adhd at age 6 or younger, which may result in their... Read More
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Hard to say: Children this young sometimes still have balance issues that affect how they walk. I suggest you consult with the pediatrician, who may recommend an ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Probably not: Shaking is a physical response to being angry or anxious. It is almost universal, with sufficient stress. If it is happening to you under situations... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Autism specialist: Many who specialize in diagnosing autism are psychologists trained specifically both in young child development and autism. Others, including speech ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Many things: Certainly adhd is much better recognized in children and adults now than it was years ago. However, problems with concentration and memory can have m... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Depends some on age.: Autism spectrum disorder is still being defined, but the intent is to refer to individuals with autism-like symptoms of differing severity. The 3 bro... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Talk therapy or wait: Not sure why you are so opposed to antidepressants; they can be remarkably effective. However, several types of talk therapies (cbt, dbt, interperson... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Terms are changing: For several decades, pdd (pervasive developmental disorder) was the broad term that included autism, asperger's disorder, and several other rare but s... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Situation: Although they can overlap, anxiety disorders are thought to arise mostly from the person's temperament, whereas adjustment disorders are, by definitio... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Probably yes: So-called secondary enuresis (onset of bedwetting in someone who has not been doing that for a long while) especially in a teenage is worth exploring.... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
It depends: Some teens respond quite well to medications; others do well with talk therapy. Some need both, and even that may not be enough. An equally importan... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Depends: Diagnosing autism, especially with significant symptoms present, takes very little time when an expert is invovled. What takes time is ruling out oth... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Maybe: People with multiple personality disorder (mpd) have distinct personalities that "take over, " depending on the situation they are facing. Some of th... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
It takes balance: Fortunately, strong suicidal feelings rarely last very long, especially in teenagers. But, someone who has made a suicide attempt before is more like... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Definitions change: The original term was "idiot savant." the reason these rare individuals are of such interest is that often their overall capabilities, what most of u... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
ADHD diagnosis takes: Adhd can range from simple to quick complex. Since 2/3 or children and adolescents with adhd also have other problems, it is best to get a thorough e... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Depends: Children with adhd can have quite different needs for accommodations for test taking. More time is common, as is taking the test in a room alone. Bu... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
The opposite is true: Ld typically is an issue among those with normal or superior iq. The definition of an LD is an area of function such as reading or math that is much ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Depends: Although the majority of self-cutting is not intended to be fatal, I have had patients to deliberately try to open an artery with the intent of dying.... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Reaction to stress: Selective mutism is thought to be a type of stress reaction in which the individual only speaks in certain settings or to certain people. It is not a... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Probably not: Choroid plexus cysts are identified with ultrasounds and reflect a disruption in in the formation of the organ that makes spinal fluid. There is a ge... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
A type of Autism: The term "asperger's disorder" was coined to identify individuals with good intellectual function and relatively normal language who still had poor so... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Not weird: I'm not sure that the inattentive subtype of adhd is more common than the so-called combined type (both inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity), bu... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
It is unusual: Imaginary friends are a common phenomenon in children, up to about age 5-6. Most teens have a clear sense of "normal" behavior and would not likely h... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Seems unlikely: Odd reactions to medications do happen, but this would be unusual. Still, if you are worried, there are other medications to help with allergy sympto... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Varies a lot: Some states specifically forbid teachers to consider adhd as a diagnosis. Some teachers "don't believe in adhd"--but may be quite ready to blame pare... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Not a tight one: High-performing students sometimes feel under so much pressure that they turn to drugs to "relax"; low-performing students may use them because "no on... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Not really: Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia can have a lot of symptoms in common, but they are quite different disorders and would rarely occur in the same ind... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Yes, but...: There is a common misperception that one's score on an IQ test infallibly tells how bright you are. Tests designed to measure one's intelligence rely... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Take acts seriously: Especially with children and adolescents, there may be a poor understanding of what an action can do. For example, an overdose of tylenol (acetaminop... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Depends: Some people suddenly become aware of actions that previously happened without their noticing. You may have made a change that has increased saliva pr... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Details uncertain: We know that tourette's disorder definitely runs in families, but the specific genes involved have yet to be identified. In families with a strong in... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Impairment: Bereavement is a natural consequence of loss; it allows us to mourn that which we have lost and readjust our world view. Although it makes us sad and... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Absolutely: The formal term is coprolalia. It occurs in about 10% of people with tourette's disorder. Although dramatic in presentation, it is just one of the f... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Not likely: Reading books would would be a quite unlikely source of ptsd. Watching movies might, but probably only if the person was already sensitized to the ty... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Impairment: Most of us are shy in at least some settings. If you are shy but it doesn't interfere with how you live your life, don't worry about it. It shyness ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Question unclear: Dopamine in the brain is associated with several disorders, most clearly Parkinson's disease. The question does not state what disorder is the topic ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
No.: Epilepsy is not a single disorder, but seizures can start at any age from infancy through old age. Causes may vary, and the condition may worsen or i... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Sometimes: Dystonias come in many forms. Some are chronic, some progress over time, and some are transient. Some dystonias are reactions to other medications. ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Areas of difficulty: Quite soon, the system will change and we'll have only "autism spectrum disorder." it'll included autism, asperger's disorder, and pervasive developm... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Gently and gradually: Children have the right to know when they have a problem, especially one as serious as muscular dystrophy. However, there are various types of MS tha... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Context is key: In medicien, hgv could stand for hepatitis g virus or for human gene variation. Obviously, those are quite different topic areas.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Should be fine.: Not sure why you are taking the inositol; but reasonably doses of both should not produce any untoward side effects.
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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 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Not sure of question: Stainless steel is highly resistant to a wide range of corrosive agents, so mouth acidity should not have an effect. It is iron with other compounds;... 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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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.
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thank you yes i wasnt diagnosed until my early 30s but before that was "bipolar" then depressed and GAD; all stemming from adhd misunderstoo

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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