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Dr. Alfred Forrester

Psychiatry
Timonium, MD
43 years experience male

Locations

Alfred W Forrester, MD, PA

Timonium, MD

Address

9515 Deereco Road, Suite 1001, Timonium, MD
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: Closed
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Fax

(410) 453-0904

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Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Psychiatry

Doctor Q&A

74 Answers
28 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Tell the prescriber: If any medication is causing an adverse effect, you should speak to the md prescribing that medication for advice. Sometimes, a change in medication i... Read More
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Muscle spasms: A statin drug would not cause the condition known as "restless leg syndrome", but some pts taking a statin drug do report uncomfortable muscle spasms,... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
It can: Sertraline - as with other ssri medications - can cause decreased libido and/or anorgasmia. In many cases it has a stimulating property, but some pati... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Probably not...: ...At least not without appropriate treatment. As with the treatment of any addictive behavior, the behavior is not just going to change on its own wi... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Definitely!: First, ssri's like Celexa (citalopram) haven't usually offered much benefit in treating hair-pulling ( trichotillomania) or skin-picking (dermatotillo... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Definitely!: Wellbutrin (bupropion) is the 1 antidepressant which probably offers little to no benefit in the treatment of anxiety and panic d/o. A psychiatrist wo... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Seek psych eval'n: The symptoms you describe could be consistent w/ the diagnosis of ocd: best to consult a psychiatrist or psychologist to make the DX and prescribe a c... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
More often than 3 yr: My goodness, even pts of mine who are considered "stable" and not requiring any med changes are seen at least once a year, and those on controlled sub... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
They vary...a lot!: Your question is analogous to asking "What are cars like?" The range may vary from an impersonal, ghoulish state psychiatric facility to a plush, luxu... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Complex answer: It sort of depends on your starting point. Is your husband bipolar and he's not acknowledging the diagnosis-hasn't been evaluated yet-isn't yet under ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Sertraline: Between these 2 antidepressants, sertraline is by far the more likely to cause increased appetite and wt gain. Bupropion often will cause the opposite... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
If you must, prob'ly: Meds dispensed by a pharmacy will have an expiration date of 1 year after the date of dispensing. It stands to reason that not every drug will lose it... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
tell the prescriber: Both Prozac (fluoxetine) and Adderall can cause a stimulating effect which could leave you feeling anxious, "wired" and generally uncomfortable. If yo... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Seek an evaluation: If you do not have your own pcp, then you should go to your local hospital er or urgent care center for an assessment and x-rays. It is important to d... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Need to see someone: Only md's or, in some states, nurse practitioners can prescribe medication. In order to have the rx refilled, you will need to see an md or np - eithe... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Most times, yes: In most cases, a generic preparation will have the same effect as a trade name drug - ex. The generic Lorazepam vs branded ativan (lorazepam). Sometim... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Depends on "ED": If you are using ed to mean "erectile dysfunction": the ssri's can cause ed as a side-effect in between 5-50% of men - depending on the agent involved... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
No depression, but..: I am not aware of any studies indicating a correlation between chronic zolpidem use and major depression. Some patients have become physically depende... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Be more specific: While we as medical professionals can appreciate the distress shared by those like you who are consulting with us, we don't always have the ability to... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Do be more specific: Not knowing what you are referring to when you say 'all my mental illnesses' won't allow any of us to offer useful suggestions. It would make the most... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Yes, but...: If your son has an iron deficiency anemia, he should be treated by his pediatrician or a ped. Hematologist - and if iron supplementation is indicated,... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Psych assessment: When people talk about "stress", there may be many causative factors. It doesn't hurt to consult a mental health professional to help undertsand what ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Psych eval and thera: The symptoms you note could be consistent with a number of diagnoses. The fact that you say that you want to get better suggests that you are ready fo... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Dem. is generic term: Dementia is a generic term for a pattern of decline in cognitive and behavioral functioning over time. Alzheimer's disease is one specific type of a d... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
That depends: You should consult with someone who has experience in treating sleep disorders. Sleep hygiene is an important issue to be addressed, to help you to im... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Yes, many: There are various herbal supplements which are said to improve the duration and the quality of the erection; and there are many manufacturers of poten... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
No, it can vary: Libido, like other aspects of physiological and psychological functions, can vary greatly from person to person. There are many causes of "hypoactive ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Insomnia: Halcion (triazolam) is a sedative-hypnotic used to treat insomnia.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
See the long answer: I am not aware of the constituents of tulsi tea, but the question which needs to be asked 1st is: what is the severity of the depressive episode? Some... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
No, it can vary: Libido, like other aspects of physiological and psychological functions, can vary greatly from person to person. There are many causes of "hypoactive ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Hard to say: You need to see your pediatrician or family md for a full physical exam and lab studies. The differential diagnosis of fatigue is long and includes a ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Be more specific!: It is hard to know what to suggest from the information you have provided. In general, it sounds that you need to speak to a therapist who can have yo... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Yes: Many antidepressants can cause constipation, and unless something else has changed at the same time that you started the paxil, (paroxetine) it might ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Probably: You should speak to the md who has prescribed the valium (instead of relying on someone like myself who doesn't know your history), who can give you t... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Not recommended: Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) and Prozac are 2 antidepressants in the same chemical family, the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (ssri). T... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Speak to an MD: You have asked 2 ?'s here about your medication side-effects, questions best posed to the prescribing md (who knows your history). If the prescriber d... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
No, but...: It is probably not all that usual for pts to gain 20 lbs on cymbalta, (duloxetine) but it does happen. We have to remember that a medication may not b... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
On a tox screen?: I'm not sure i understand your question. If you mean, "would norepinephrine cause a tox screen to show positive for amphetamine?", the answer is "no".... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
D/C it, or diet: Elavil (amitriptyline) often causes wt gain. If it could be replaced with another antidepressant, then have your md d/c it and replace it - but you'll... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Seek counseling: If you are already taking escitalopram and melatonin, then an MD has evaluated you for anxiety and/or depression somewhere along the way. If you are s... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Therapy and meds: Ocd can be managed by a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy and serotonergic medications (ssri's). Some reading about the illness is probably ... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Yes; very different: First, abrupt discontinuation of zoloft (an ssri antidepressant) can lead to a variety of physical symptoms, including nausea; and possibly a return o... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Tell the prescriber: If any medication is causing an adverse effect, you should speak to the md prescribing that medication for advice. Sometimes, a change in medication i... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Possible sideeffects: Fluoxetine - an ssri medication - can sometimes within the 1st few days cause you to have headache, nausea, muscle tension/aches, loss of appetite and... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Consult a profession: Without professional guidance, and if you have never received treatment heretofore, self-help reading is about the most that you can do on your own, a... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Tell the prescriber: If any medication is causing an adverse effect, you should speak to the md prescribing that medication for advice. Sometimes, a change in medication i... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Variable/hard to say: There is much variability in life expectancy from time of diagnosis to time of death. Much has to do with the virulence of the disease process; the ty... Read More
A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Yes, but ...: There are assays for a variety of antidepressants, but they are of limited value. Sometimes we use blood levels of several of the tricyclic agents (no... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
See a professional: Panic disorder is a specific diagnosis, like hypertension or diabetes, and deserves to be evaluated and treated like one. You should consult a psychol... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfred Forrester
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Tell the prescriber: There are some patients who develope tolerance to psychostimulants, increasing their dosage when the beneficial effect begins to wane. It can become a... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Forrester is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Forrester is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! I eat well and I exercise every day for an hr or more so I agree it could be stress. I get off it in April so I can monitor my weight.
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Thank you for your reply. I worried because another psychiatrist later told me lamictal is too much for me and i dont need it & it has risks
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! I will follow this good advice. I need help. But it really is my son.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, MD
Graduated 1979MD

Residency

Psychiatry: Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

Awards

Top Psychiatrist , Second Place, Maryland - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Psychiatric Association, Amer Med Assoc, Maryland Psychiatric Society
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