Dr. John Moranville

Psychiatry
lafayette, CA
38 years experience male

Locations

Healthtap Concierge

lafayette, CA

Address

3527 Mt Diablo Blvd, # 328, lafayette, CA
Directions

Fax

(415) 651-9142

About

Bio

Dr John Moranville has more than 25 years experience in psychiatry and addiction medicine. He has had experience working with a wide variety of patient populations in inpatient, outpatient and emergency settings. He helped author several scientific publications and has extensive teaching experience. Dr Moranville is passionate about educating the public as well as other medical professionals about the stigma that surrounds mental illness.His website thebipolardoc is a source of general information about bipolar disorder as well as other mental health and addiction and his personal philosophy of treatment. He is on Twitter as @thebipolardoc He has been a featured guest on the Brian Tracy Show shown on CBS, NBC, and FOX affiliates and is author of a chapter in Brian Tracy's "Cracking the Success Code"

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

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Addiction Medicine

Licenses

United States: California

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

683 Answers
566 Agrees
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
No: Trilptal (oxcarbazepine) is an anticonvulsant or anti seizure medication. It is occasionally used for mood stabilization in patients with bipolar diso... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Emergency : The most important thing is to stop any antipsychotic medication. Supportive treatment in a closely monitored setting. Some medications like bromocrip... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Yes : Behavioral therapy is often as effective if not more than meds.
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A member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Genetic addiction: As noted by dr liebowitz, it is not known how much of a genetic component there is to addiction. Addiction clearly runs in families and anyone who has... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Carb crash: Carbohydrates are great for quick energy, but are metabolized quickly. Especially simple carbohydrates like sugar may leave you tired and sleepy withi... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Zoo phobia : Zoo phobia is fear of animals in general, felinophobia is a fear of cats, and caninophobia is a fear of dogs.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Possibly: Depends on how much you were drinking and for how long. Severe withdrawal is most likely 5-7 days after cessation, but it may take up to 10 days to ge... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Bpd?: Not sure if you mean bipolar affective disorder (bpad) or borderline personality disorder. Both can be difficult to deal with as a significant other e... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Many options: Irritability and anxiety can be part of a manic or depressive episode or more commonly part of what we call a mixed episode. Research indicates that m... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Variable: "Natural" therapeutic products are still chemicals and they are not regulated by FDA like prescription medications so there is no quality control. The... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Hypo mania: The difference between bipolar 1 and bipolar 2 is mania vs hypo mania. Hypo mania is characterized by increased self esteem, increased productive acti... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Could be: Geodon (ziprasidone) is sedating for many people so it makes sense that insomnia would occur when stopping it, but should be very temporary as ego don... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Many options: There are many different treatments for bipolar disorder and it is always a matter of finding the best treatment for you. A mood stabilizer is the cor... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Keep trying: There are good psychiatrists and not so good psychiatrists just like car mechanics. Unfortunately not all psychiatrists see it this way, but i see mys... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Yes it affects you: The smoke itself from marijuana is probably less harmful than cigarettes, but it can cause paranoia in some people who are susceptible to it. And more... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Definitely: You only need 8-10 hours of sleep at the most in a 24 hour period. If you sleep that much it does not leave much time to get anything else accomplishe... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Addiction: There is both psychological and physical addiction. Physical is when the body needs the drug to prevent withdrawal. Psychological is related to incre... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Never: Venlafaxine aka Effexor (venlafaxine) is an SNRI. As far as I know it does not have any effects on dopamine at any dose
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Med change?: Lexapro is usually good for both anxiety and depression. Wellbutrin (bupropion) as an adjunct can help depression, but may increase anxiety and lead t... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Depends: The 911 operator will try to assess the risk and immediacy of the caller's intent. They may encourage you to go to the nearest hospital or clinic, ref... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Driving: Not a disease, but alcohol is a drug that reduces reaction time and mental awareness. Personal and/or family history of alcohol dependence is a diseas... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Unlikely: That is not one of the listed side effects for any of these 3 medications. Though it is possible that the combination of all 3 (if you are on all 3 at... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Gradual taper: Depends upon how much you are taking and how long you have been on it, but decreasing your dose by 2-5 mg every 3-5 days is a reasonable goal. Diazepa... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Probably ok: Be aware that all 3 meds may effect mental alertness and the more medications you take the more potential for adverse effects from interactions.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Depends: We would need to know when you last used and for how long. And the source and potency of THC and how you consumed it. I am not sure about how it is f... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Encourage: the most important thing is to be a non-judgemental friend and encourage her to get professional help
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Yes: 25 mg Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is ok. Avoid Xanax in the future. It can be sedating, but highly addictive. Half life is 2-4 hrs so it's completely o... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Abused?: I am not sure why you would ask such a question. Antidepressants are often overprescribed, but abuse usually refers to using something for the purpose... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Who's the doctor?: Let the doctor know your symptoms so (s)he can make the diagnosis. There are many reasons for poor focus and attention. If you try to convince a docto... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Many possibilities: Depends on what specific symptoms. Paranoia, hallucinations, delusions? Drugs such as amphetamines, cocaine, even MJ or opiates. Can be associated wit... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Buspirone: Buspirone is used primarily for anxiety
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Caution advised: Being aware of potential side effects is definitely important. I also notice you are on Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). If these... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Unknown: There is very little known about effects of vapor in the short term or long term. They haven't been around long enough. . There are ones without nicot... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Depends on med: Need more info to answer this question. Could be very serious. Go to ER or primary doctor
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Diagnosis?: Just because you are on Risperdal does not mean you are bipolar or schizophrenic. Risperdal is an anti psychotic medication and people with major depr... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
See your doctor: it would be impossible to diagnose or recommend treatment without face to face consultation. Good luck. I hope you feel better soon
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Trichotilamania: The pain is most likely from irritation of the skin on the scalp. Do you know why you pull your hair? Sometimes there is a delusional component or per... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Probably ok: The only potential problem would be the risk of what's called QT prolongation which can be a side effect of both amitriptyline and your antibiotic. Th... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Possibly : Some of the doctors on Healthtap have a Concierge practice. This is a paid service. I provide such service, but I am not licensed in Florida. I am not... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Many: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or melatonin can be enough for some people and those you can get without prescription. Trazodone helps many people. I have... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Dependence?: there is no evidence that marijuana leads to physical dependence but it can lead to psychological addiction especially in persons prone to addiction. ... Read More
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A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Probably neither: more likely underlying anxiety. Standard dose of lexapro (escitalopram) is 20 mg. mirtazwpine up to 45 mg. diazepam may be causing rebound anxiety if ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
?: did you mean methadone? As with any medication it depends on how much you have been taking and how long. The usual rule of thumb is 5 half lives until... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Yes: Could be any of these or many other things. Need more information to help answeer your question
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
?: im sorry to hear you are so miserable. Only you can make your situation better. Everyone deserves to be happy, but happiness comes from within. It may... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Mood swings: The simple answer is episodes of depression and mania separated by periods of relatively "normal" mood. It is a strongly inheritable disorder and the ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Catastrophic: Schizophrenia is a severely debilitating illness which effects all aspects of one's life. There are rarely "high functioning" schizophrenics. Approp... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Probably: Lexapro (escitalopram) is widely used for depression and anxiety. It is not commonly used for children this young, but most children this young do not... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Talk to psychiatrist: I agree with dr fowler about the medication combination. If your fiancée will allow you to go to appointments with him, perhaps you can help clarify t... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Agree: If you are bipolar, then much of the anxiety is related to mood instability. Depakote is a mood stabilizer and will indirectly decrease anxiety by sta... Read More
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Jun 13, 2015
I have learned a great deal from Dr. Moranville, and look forward to learning more. Clearly an expert in his field, and warmly meets patients where they are and collaborates well with colleagues. Heal...Read More
Mar 6, 2013
Dr. Moranville is a very experienced physician who writes compassionate, well-grounded answers for people with a wide range of issues. And he acknowledges when he needs more info. I appreciate his p...Read More
Jun 2, 2015
Highly recommend Dr Moranville for his hard work, dedication and passionate work in the field of medical psychiatry
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Thanks for your answer. No, actually I meant 1mg of Lexapro. Some months back, I started on 5mg of Lexapro and I had a bad reaction. Through the roof anxiety and major insomnia. The doc prescribed 1mg...Read More
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Thanks for your quick reply! no im not i meant to put that on hers cuz it had me do her a profile some reason.lol thanks and no i havent dont know how tobring it up
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Thanks for your quick reply! This is a very powerful drug with many side effects; I decided to quit cold turkey after 6yrs, THIS WAS NOT A GOOD IDEA.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, IA
Graduated 1985MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO MEDICAL CENTER

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITAL & CLINICS

Awards

Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California, San Francisco 1991-2002
Top Doctor, First Place, San Francisco, CA - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, First Place, San Francisco, CA - Winter
2013

Affiliations

HealthTap Club MD
American Psychiatric Association
American Society of Addiction Medicine
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